One year ago today, news broke of Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton being involved in a potentially serious car accident.
How a 6-foot-6 man survived a rollover that caved in a portion of his truck’s cab was nothing short of amazing. Fortunately for Newton, most of the left side remained sturdy enough to give Newton room to crawl out the rear window.
Newton somehow only missed one game after surviving a crash about which he said, per USA Today, somebody is supposed to be dead. He sustained two fractures in his lower back.
Panthers quarterback cam Newton in this car when it was involved in an accident. pic.twitter.com/Kj1rEbxKVW
— Mark Becker (@MarkBeckerWSOC9) December 9, 2014
Since then, Newton has been unstoppable.
The dual-threat quarterback returned to the field and guided the Panthers to two more victories, including a winner-take-all clash with the Atlanta Falcons in Week 17 with a playoff berth on the line.
In addition to that pair of triumphs to close the 2014 regular season, Newton has ripped off 12 straight wins this year. Carolina has already clinched the NFC South, boasting a 12-0 record heading into the final four games.
Newton has planted himself in the MVP conversation, already throwing for a career-best 25 touchdowns and on the verge of topping the 3,000-yard mark for the fifth straight year. He’s also run for seven scores.
This isn’t to say the Panthers’ ascent should be attributed to a scary car accident. Newton could’ve died that day. Gleaning a superficial sports-related takeaway is flat-out wrong.
But it still is amazing to see the success he has achieved since that day, and hopefully for Newton and Carolina, that continues.