Maybe Cam Newton is Superman after all as his post-touchdown celebration might indicate.
It's hard to imagine that at one point folks were wondering if Newton could play at the professional level.
Newton has been nothing short of fantastic this season as the Panthers doubled their win total from last season with their fourth victory of the year Sunday against Tampa Bay. The Panthers look to carry that momentum into next Sunday's home game against Atlanta, which is coming off a tough loss to Houston.
The Panthers won two of three on their recent road trip after losing 12 straight on the road dating back to 2009.
Carolina's offense has never looked better as Newton ran for three scores and threw for another, giving him the all-time single-season record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback with 13. He broke Steve Grogan's mark of 12 set back in 1976.
Last week Newton called Mike Vick the "innovator of taking the game to the next level -- hands down."
But Newton seems to be taking it one step further.
His incredible athletic ability has proven tough to stop, particularly on third downs and goal-line situations. He's converted more third downs than any player in the league.
When asked about the significance of breaking Grogan's 35-year-old record Sunday, Newton said it meant something special to him.
"I'm not going to sit up here and lie," Newton said. "But I'm not focusing on individualism in this game because it's still 11-on-11... Most important, the other five guys that are blocking their tails off each and every snap."