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With Carolina's win over the Indianapolis Colts, Newton became the fourth rookie quarterback to pass for over 3,000 yards in his first season, joining Peyton Manning, Matt Ryan, and Sam Bradford.
Newton set the NFL rushing touchdown record for quarterbacks on December 4, 2011, rushing for his 13th touchdown of the season in the fourth quarter against Tampa Bay.
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is an American football quarterback for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL).
In that game, he also caught a 27-yard pass from WR Legedu Naanee, making him a triple threat.
His total passing yards over the first three games was 1,012 yards.
The Panthers recorded their first victory of the season against the Jacksonville Jaguars 16–10. The Panthers played the Atlanta Falcons, losing 31–17 while passing for 237 yards with no passing touchdowns.
On April 28, 2011, Newton was selected with the first overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers.
He was the first reigning Heisman Trophy winner to go first overall since Carson Palmer in 2003. 1 selection after Tucker Frederickson (1965), Bo Jackson (1986), and Aundray Bruce (1988).