Former NFL MVP Cam Newton threw over 30 tackles at Auburn’s Pro Day, football’s comeback for the eyes

Cam Newton sat out the 2022 season, but he may be looking to return to the NFL.

During Auburn’s Pro Day on Tuesday, the 33-year-old decided to show scouts what he can still do on the football field. He was invited back to the school where he won a Heisman Trophy and a national championship for throwing passes to his younger brother, Kaelin.

Kaelin began his college football career as a quarterback, before later transitioning to wide receiver.

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Former NFL and Auburn quarterback Cam Newton throws a pass during Auburn Pro Day, Tuesday, March 21, 2023, in Auburn, Ala.

Former NFL and Auburn quarterback Cam Newton throws a pass during Auburn Pro Day, Tuesday, March 21, 2023, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dale)

“This was showing me love,” Caelin Newton said of his older brother. “He doesn’t owe anyone anything. He’s had an amazing ride, a great career in the NFL. He has nothing to prove to anyone… He’s come to show his ability, to show he still has it.”

“I think, for him, it was an act of selflessness. But it was also to show and prove to everyone that he’s not sitting around. He’s still getting it. Whatever organization wants to get a winning quarterback, his number is still open and available.”

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The former Carolina Panthers quarterback hasn’t spoken to the media after throwing about 30 passes to several Auburn athletes.

Wide receiver Shedrick Jackson was among the NFL hopefuls who caught passes from Newton on Tuesday.

“That was fun,” Jackson said. “That was probably my favorite part, just learning his language, seeing his rhythm. He has good contact with the ball… I think he still gets it.”

Former NFL and Auburn quarterback Cam Newton throws a pass during Auburn Pro Day, Tuesday, March 21, 2023, in Auburn, Ala.

Former NFL and Auburn quarterback Cam Newton throws a pass during Auburn Pro Day, Tuesday, March 21, 2023, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dale)

Netwon, who finished his professional football career with 5,628 rushing yards and 75 touchdowns, has demonstrated his ability to scramble during practice. In what may have been the most impressive play of the day, Newton used his feet before connecting with Kaelin on a 50-yard pass.

After being selected with the #1 overall pick of the 2011 NFL Draft, Newton went on to play nine consecutive seasons with the Panthers. His 2019 campaign was limited to just two matches due to a Lisfranc fracture. In 2020, he signed a one-year deal with the Patriots after future Hall of Famer Tom Brady left for Tampa Bay.

Former NFL and Auburn quarterback Cam Newton speaks with receivers during Auburn Pro Day, Tuesday, March 21, 2023, in Auburn, Ala.

Former NFL and Auburn quarterback Cam Newton speaks with receivers during Auburn Pro Day, Tuesday, March 21, 2023, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dale)

Newton returned to Carolina midway through the 2021 season and went 0-5 as a starter.

He made headlines earlier this week when he revealed his plans to cast Auburn’s pro day on Twitter.

“Tell me how these slums keep getting jobs?” Newton said in a video. “Don’t worry about it. I’ll show you. I can’t wait to show you.”

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According to his younger brother, Newton was working hard to get back into the league after one year.

“What everyone sees on TV, they see his personality and they see his confidence,” said Kailyn Newton. “They don’t see grit. They don’t see how many hours he puts in. So the media has something to say about who he is. I know who he is. And wherever he’s been, they know who he is, too.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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