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Cam Newton Is the Only 2010 Heisman Trophy Finalist Still Playing in the NFL

Throughout his NFL career so far, Cam Newton has had a lot of success, winning a league MVP and getting the Carolina Panthers to a Super Bowl. Before entering the NFL, though, Newton was a legend at Auburn as he won the 2010 Heisman Trophy. However, he is the only 2010 Heisman Trophy finalist still finding success as a player. None of the other three Heisman finalists from 2010 are still playing in the NFL today.

Cam Newton won the 2010 Heisman Trophy

Cam Newton was great for Auburn and won the 2010 Heisman Trophy. He is, however, the only 2010 Heisman finalist who still plays in the NFL.
Quarterback Cam Newton of the Auburn University Tigers speaks after being named the 76th Heisman Trophy winner in 2010. | Kelly Kline/Getty Images for The Heisman

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For Auburn in 2010, Cam Newton took the country by storm as he was absolutely dominant for the Auburn Tigers. 

Newton ultimately threw for 2,854 yards, 30 touchdowns, and seven interceptions for Auburn, but also ran for an incredible 1,473 yards and 20 touchdowns. His play helped lead Auburn to a 14-0 record and a win in the BCS National Championship Game. 

He, as noted, won the 2010 Heisman Trophy and he also won the AP Player of the Year Award, the Davey O’Brien Award, the Manning Award, the Maxwell Award, the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, and he was the SEC Offensive Player of the Year.

It was an absolutely historic season for Newton, and it ultimately led to him going to the Panthers with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft.

Who else was a Heiman Trophy Finalist in 2010?

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The three other finalists for the 2010 Heisman Trophy were former Oregon running back LaMichael James, former Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, and former Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore, according to the award’s official site.

Luck threw for 3,338 yards, 32 touchdowns, and eight interceptions in 2010 for Stanford. He also ran for 453 yards. James ran for 1,731 yards and 21 touchdowns for Oregon in 2010, and Oregon ultimately played Newton and Auburn in the national championship game. Moore threw for 3,845 yards, 35 touchdowns, and only six interceptions in 2010 for Boise State. 

None of the other finalists still play in the NFL

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Of the three other guys, Luck, obviously, had the most success in the NFL. 

Luck, the No. 1 overall pick in 2012, threw for 23,671 yards and 171 touchdowns for the Indianapolis Colts in his career. He also earned four Pro Bowl selections and was the 2018 AP Comeback Player of the Year. Luck surprisingly retired from the NFL before the 2019 season. 

James went to the San Francisco 49ers in the second round of the 2012 NFL draft. He played in four games with the 49ers in 2012, and just ran for 125 yards. He then ran for 59 yards in 10 games in 2013. James played in three games for the 49ers and Dolphins in 2014, and then in one game with the Dolphins in 2015. He has not played in an NFL game since. 

Moore only played in three games in his entire NFL career, each of them came in 2015 with the Dallas Cowboys. This was after spending the first three seasons of his career with the Detroit Lions, according to ESPN. He was then ultimately a backup QB on the Cowboys from 2015 through 2017. Moore is now the offensive coordinator for the Cowboys.

Newton is continuing his NFL career with the Patriots

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After having a lot of success with the Carolina Panthers in his career, Newton recently signed with the New England Patriots. 

Newton has thrown for 29,041 yards in his NFL career to go with 182 passing touchdowns, 4,806 rushing yards, and 58 rushing touchdowns. He is a three-time Pro Bowl selection, and he won the NFL MVP award in 2015 as he helped lead the Panthers to a 15-1 record and the Super Bowl. 

Cam Newton has had a lot of success in his football career, in college and the pros. Out of the 2010 Heisman Trophy finalists, though, Newton is easily the most successful.

Stats courtesy of Sports Reference and Pro Football Reference