Newton was also heralded as the PFWA’s Offensive Player of the Year.
Newton, 26, passed for 3,837 yards and 35 touchdowns during the regular season, adding 10 rushing touchdowns. Newton led the Panthers to a 15–1 record, best in the NFL.
The five-year NFL veteran is the first Panther to win the award, and the only player in league-history with at least 30 passing and 10 rushing touchdowns in one season.
A former Heisman Trophy winner, Newton was selected by the Panthers with the No. 1 pick in the 2011 draft out of Auburn.
The Panthers host the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday at 6:40 p.m. ET in the NFC Championship Game.