No. 2: Cam Newton
Last season ended with a game that was both the greatest height and greatest disappointment of Newton’s six-year NFL career. And after his terse post-game press conference, the entire world knew it. But the Panthers QB isn’t looking back. He went the whole offseason without watching the Super Bowl 50 tape. “I don’t want to get to the point where I am preparing from the Super Bowl,” Newton says. “I have learned from it, but my main focus is trying to become a better me.” He’s the reigning MVP, but Newton is out to prove himself all over again.
— Jenny Vrentas