The younger brother of former Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is looking to emerge from his shadow in pursuit of his own NFL dream.
Although Cam Newton missed the entire 2022 campaign waiting for an opportunity elsewhere, some fans still hold out hope he can get one more go around before riding off into the sunset. The Carolina Panthers are unlikely to offer him this after opting to go in a different direction last offseason, but the suspect production from signal-callers around the league means all hope is not lost just yet.
Newton‘s legacy is unquestioned regardless of whether he plays again or not. His transcendent play under center made him an NFL icon in double-quick time, which came on the back of a sensational stint at Auburn that resulted in a national championship and a well-deserved Heisman Trophy.
These are big shoes to emulate. But in Caylin Newton‘s case, it’s something he is looking to do upon taking his chances at the next level.
Caylin Newton looking to emerge from Cam Newton’s lofty shadow
It’s been a colorful journey for the incoming prospect so far. His time at Auburn was mostly restricted to special teams duties, the player’s production as Howard University’s quarterback was hit and miss, which resulted in a transfer to William and Mary to undertake newfound responsibilities on the field.
Switching to a wide receiver brought the best out of Newton. His natural ability as a kick returner and explosiveness on special teams was commendable, which earned the prospect an invite to the upcoming Tropical Bowl all-star game in Orlando, Florida.
Meetings with the Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears took place and there is also reported interest from several other NFL teams during the evaluation process. Newton was one of the game’s standouts, making three tough catches and looking the part during individual drills.
When speaking about stepping out of his brother’s shadow with Aaron Wilson of Click2Houston.com, the hopeful was philosophical while understanding the significance of carrying the family name.
“I’m my own man, my own person, and I’m building my own legacy. When I graduated from Howard, I chose the transfer portal and I wanted to face the beast. My entire life I’ve been behind this shadow you can’t outrun. I wanted to tackle it head-on. I went to Auburn and walked past the statue every day. I’m very privileged and blessed to have such an influence around me.”
This is an unenviable task in no uncertain terms. Cam Newton was a generational talent that doesn’t come along every day, with his flamboyance and natural charisma remaining beloved across the Carolinas to this day.
While Caylin Newton might not ever reach these incredibly lofty heights, he’s getting assistance from his older brother leading up to the draft. Something that is sure to enhance his prospects before the weekend of reckoning arrives in Kansas City.
“Cam has always been a lead-by-example guy. Since I moved back to Atlanta, I’ve been working out with him twice a day. I don’t need a pep talk, but his presence does motivate me.”
Not many analysts are predicting Newton will be drafted. But there’s nothing to suggest he cannot emerge from undrafted free agency onto a practice squad or an NFL roster.
And if all else fails, his master’s degree in community planning and urban development from Auburn means Newton is well set for a life beyond football.
This is an exciting time for the Newtons. And make no mistake, there would be nobody prouder than his big brother if Caylin does eventually become an NFL player.