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Panthers quarterback Cam Newton  has been awarded the prestigious Nationwide Walter Payton Man of the Year win.  Newton,  a first-time nominee garnered more than 600,000 fan vote – more than twice as many as the second place nominee – to be awarded the honor.  The award is given annually to an NFL player for his excellence on and off the field with a notable positive impact on his community.

Through The Cam Newton Foundation, Newton has provided $5.13 million in grant funding, year-round programming resources and donations to schools and non-profit agencies in Atlanta and Charlotte.   As the winner of the challenge, Newton receives $25,000 for the charity of his choice.