Cam Newton runs for touchdowns like no other quarterback — or running back

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Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is one of the greatest rushing quarterbacks in NFL history. But when it comes specifically to running for touchdowns, Newton isn’t just great compared to other quarterbacks. He’s even great compared to running backs.

Newton has five rushing touchdowns so far this season. And he’s had at least five rushing touchdowns every season of his career, which began in 2011. How rare is that? Newton is the only player in the NFL with at least five rushing touchdowns in each of the last seven seasons. Not the only quarterback — the only player.

Only one running back, Mark Ingram, even has six seasons with five or more rushing touchdowns since 2011. Four running backs — LeGarrette Blount, Marshawn Lynch, LeSean McCoy and DeMarco Murray — have reached the end zone at least five times in five of the last seven seasons.

Newton has 53 rushing touchdowns in his NFL career. Only Lynch and McCoy have scored more rushing touchdowns than Newton since 2011. Newton’s 53 rushing touchdowns are the most for any quarterback in NFL history, 10 more than second-place Steve Young. He runs for touchdowns like no other quarterback ever has, and like few running backs have.

48 responses to “Cam Newton runs for touchdowns like no other quarterback — or running back

  1. Impressive but still dangerous. Cam tried to run a TD in against the Eagles this year and got walloped. He wasn’t quite the same the rest of the game and it might have been a factor in the Eagles’ win. Take it from an Eagles fan…I’m still in bitter denial about Wentz.

  2. “Greatness” isn’t determined by being able to meet a low threshold literally on an annual basis, so 5+ TDs over 7 straight seasons isn’t by itself much of an accomplishment (“unusual” doesn’t automatically mean “great”). Not to diminish Newton’s remarkable rushing ability as a QB, because he is truly great in that regard, but this isn’t the way to prove it.

  3. kcchefs58 says:

    December 14, 2017 at 9:48 am

    Yeah, but let’s all talk about the reasons we don’t like him…

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    You don’t like him because he is not on your team

  4. Every Defensive Coordinator has to plan around Cam’s ability to run the ball like no other QB. It’s a great weapon, even just the threat. The numbers don’t lie. And, the speed of those two long runs this year, each 50+ yards, was jaw dropping.

  5. Yes, hindsight is 20/20, but I don’t know any Panthers fans that still talk about that play. No one. We don’t harp on that play.

    It seems that only haters bring that up.

    He isn’t Brady, but he is a very unique talent and they have won more games with him than any other time in the team’s brief history.

  6. Vick was a far better rusher, and he was 6″ and 50lbs smaller.

    And he would dive on his own fumble.

  7. I’m sick of hearing about the stupid Super Bowl fumble. Cam has said he thought the ball looked like it was going to take a weird bounce and that lead to his hesitation. One thing no one can doubt is Cam’s effort on the field. He truly gives his heart and it shows on the field. Like the play in Atlanta two years ago where he was stopped 5 yards short of the first down and literally carried and pushed 4 Falcons players to get the first down. I’m a Panthers fan and I don’t like some of his antics, but the guy truly loves the game and does put in hard work. Yes, he’s not a premier pocket passer, but he does things those premier passers can never do. Trust me, I have a love/hate relationship with him, but I’ll take him over 85% of other NFL QB’s.

  8. I remember the state of Carolina’s QB play before Cam was drafted. It was abysmal. No matter how you feel about him there is no doubt he is a franchise player and difference maker.

  9. Yes he can run but how many of those rushing TD’s came after his RB’s got inside the 5 and he stole their thunder. He’s only as good a rusher as the RB’s he has in any game.

  10. He also gets injured like no other QB or running back. The amount of times I’ve seen him limp back to the huddle or off the field are mind boggling. Keep running Cam, see how long your career lasts.

  11. Let the Cam hate flow…he stole a laptop (an 18 year olds mistake, crucify him), he didn’t dive on a fumble(that he was never going to recover and probably would have broken his leg), he’s angry after losses (golly Im glad Brady and Manning handled losing with grace every time), he smiles too much and has too much fun (No Fun League), he should do more to encourage others to give back to the community (because everything he personally does isn’t enough), he takes a knee during the anthem (nope he never did). All these jealous fanbases need to find a real target for their ire.

  12. He’s a running back with a good arm. Has another 3 years, maybe, where he will still want to run and take those kinds of hits, then we’ll see if he still has much of a career as a QB without his legs.

  13. He’s also one of the greatest examples of a wasting talent. He’s a physical specimen unlike any QB we have ever seen and could’ve taken this league over and been one of the greatest ever.
    He’s chosen to not put the work in to become a better passer. Had he done that he could’ve been a hall of famer and one of the top 10 best of all time.
    I watched Steve Young come into the league. He was like Cam at first. One read QB who would take off and use his legs to create plays. Young decided early on by watching the GOAT Joe Montana that he wanted to be better and learn to be great from the pocket.
    Young did just that and became a HOF QB FROM THE POCKET. He ended his career tied for 9th all time in completion percentage. This from a guy who came into the league as a running QB–just like Cam.
    So sad that Cam didn’t have the commitment that the great Steve Young did. Who knows? We may have been having conversations about his bust in Canton someday if he had….

  14. JustBlameTrumpOrRussia says:
    December 14, 2017 at 10:15 am
    Vick was a far better rusher, and he was 6″ and 50lbs smaller.

    And he would dive on his own fumble.
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    He would also dive on your puppy. Everyone has a downside.

  15. With his ego and immaturity, this is no real surprise. He wants the attention…ALL the attention.

  16. ““Greatness” isn’t determined by being able to meet a low threshold literally on an annual basis, so 5+ TDs over 7 straight seasons isn’t by itself much of an accomplishment (“unusual” doesn’t automatically mean “great” ”
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    Except it’s not a “low threshold” if they’re a few number of players in said threshhold. Yeah.

  17. Says more about how teams have had to de-emphasize the run as the league loosens passing rules and officials seem to call more ticky tack holding type penalties on run plays. Transitioning traditional football to NBA-style scoring races is one of the major gripes with Goodell.

  18. jburns9999 says:
    December 14, 2017 at 11:54 am
    JustBlameTrumpOrRussia says:
    December 14, 2017 at 10:15 am
    Vick was a far better rusher, and he was 6″ and 50lbs smaller.

    And he would dive on his own fumble.
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    He would also dive on your puppy. Everyone has a downside.

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    OK….post of the week right here!!!! Kudos

  19. Most of those who don’t like him are fans of teams he’s embarrassed, as for the Super Bowl against Denver let’s be honest if it wasn’t for old man Payton Manning and the referees help they would have never beaten the Patriots or made it that far Frankly Speaking the NFL got what they wanted they got to send there pretty boy Peyton Manning out on top

  20. Clearly impressive, but the hallmark of a great quarterback (especially long term) has always been passing first. Everything else is just icing on the cake.

  21. Let the Cam hate flow…he stole a laptop (an 18 year olds mistake, crucify him), he didn’t dive on a fumble(that he was never going to recover and probably would have broken his leg), he’s angry after losses (golly Im glad Brady and Manning handled losing with grace every time), he smiles too much and has too much fun (No Fun League), he should do more to encourage others to give back to the community (because everything he personally does isn’t enough), he takes a knee during the anthem (nope he never did). All these jealous fanbases need to find a real target for their ire.
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    Sounds like your making a bunch of excuses for the immature crybaby. You let him off the hook!

  22. >tarynfor12 says:
    >December 14, 2017 at 10:41 am
    >Yes he can run but how many of those rushing TD’s came after his RB’s got inside the 5

    What about when Manning or brady throw TDs from the 5 yard line to TE’s or Scatbacks, are they not padding their stats rather than have their RB rush it in?

  23. Most of these opinions on Cam seem to be more about hating the guy than his actual skills. He’s actually an above-average thrower of the football, so I don’t get why everyone is talking about how he can’t throw. Yes, he doesn’t have the best accuracy when it comes to short pass patterns, but there are throws he makes on a weekly basis that few quarterbacks can.

  24. nhpats says:

    December 14, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    Cam….runs for TDs like no other QB and runs away from fumbled footballs like no other QB…
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    Did not see him run away from the football when we crushed the Pats this year did you?

  25. professionalfootballfan says:
    December 14, 2017 at 11:14 am

    His last TD was only because Kalil held Barr and almost horse collared him. He was right there to tackle Cam. I am not saying Vikings win if Barr gets the tackle, but it was a tie game.

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    Not sure why this comment gets so many thumbs down (actually I do know why- it’s either Panther homers or Packer trolls).

    Watch the game highlights if you need to see it for yourself- and be honest this time. Should have been a 10 yard penalty against Kalil- not a 62 yard gain.

  26. But let’s talk about what he runs FROM:

    Press conferences
    fumbles in the 4th qtr of the super bowl
    responsibility for his childish proclivities
    Scenes from car accidents he caused

    What’s not to like?

  27. kepickle says:

    December 14, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    Most of those who don’t like him are fans of teams he’s embarrassed, as for the Super Bowl against Denver let’s be honest if it wasn’t for old man Payton Manning and the referees help they would have never beaten the Patriots or made it that far Frankly Speaking the NFL got what they wanted they got to send there pretty boy Peyton Manning out on top

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    Well we embarrassed Camolina rpetty bad in SB50. He is a joke, and what he pulled at the press conference is a stain on your franchise. He’s just going to self-implode like he does every year.

    #keeppouting
    #businessdecisions

  28. hope he does the dab right in front of Fabio on sunday. and I want to see a banner hanging that says “hey mr. Rodgers, no playoffs in your neighborhood this year”

  29. Cam Newton runs for touchdowns like no other quarterback — or running back. He also has the weirdest obsession with crazy hats and wearing a towel over his head tucked into his jersey like no other QB. The dude is just plain odd, but he is a great athlete.

  30. pantherfan4life says:
    December 14, 2017 at 2:57 pm
    nhpats says:

    December 14, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    Cam….runs for TDs like no other QB and runs away from fumbled footballs like no other QB…
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    Did not see him run away from the football when we crushed the Pats this year did you?

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    Crushed he Pats? You won on a last second FG did you not?

  31. “it’s a bird… it’s a plane… it’s SUPER MAN!” — a/k/a “AceBoogie” a/k/a Cam(eron) Newton of the Cam-rolina Panthers!

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