Cam Newton's Return to Carolina Panthers Sparks Reactions From Fans

The Carolina Panthers announced on Thursday that quarterback Cam Newton was returning to the team and many fans were excited to hear the news.

After winning the 2010 Heisman Trophy with the Auburn Tigers, Newton was selected by the Panthers with their first overall pick in the 2011 draft and went on to spend nine seasons with the team. During his time with the Panthers, Newton led the team in four playoff appearances, three division titles and a 2015 Super Bowl appearance.

Newton was also named the NFL MVP in 2015 but in the seasons following, he struggled with numerous injuries and was eventually released by the team in 2019. Newton went on to play for the New England Patriots during the 2020 season but his return to Carolina on Thursday sparked elated reactions from numerous NFL fans.

Killa Cam’s Back @CameronNewton Deserves This🔥🔥🔥🔥💯💯💯 https://t.co/i51208gPW4 pic.twitter.com/PUREXoNf9o

— Mr_MooreOVO ⁶𓅓🦉 (@Mr_MooreOVO) November 11, 2021

Twitter user Mr_MooreOVO wrote, "Killa Cam's Back @CameronNewton Deserves This," and included a gif of the quarterback during his previous stint with the Panthers.

"In honor of Cam Newton returning lets revisit one of the greatest taunting ever done," Twitter user Slim wrote, including a video of Newton celebrating after scoring a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans during the 2015 season.

In honor of Cam Newton returning lets revisit one of the greatest taunting ever done pic.twitter.com/7zwW8SzQxW

— Slim (@Humble_Slim) November 11, 2021

Twitter user Mr.Sniper1710 wrote, "I don't care if he's out of his prime, this news is super exciting to hear. Let's go @Cameron1Newton go out there and enjoy yourself," and included a gif of Newton doing his iconic Superman touchdown celebration.

I don't care if he's out of his prime, this news is super exciting to hear. Let's go @CameronNewton, go out there and enjoy yourself. pic.twitter.com/hi9PxU8Fls

— Mr.Sniper1710 (@amsmiley1017) November 11, 2021

Some of Newton's former teammates also reacted to the news, showing support for the three-time Pro Bowl quarterback.

Jonathan Stewart, who was the running back for the Panthers during their 2015 Super Bowl wrote, "cam is back LFG @Panthers."

cam is back LFG @Panthers

— Jonathan Stewart (@Jonathanstewar1) November 11, 2021

Former Panthers' tight end Greg Olsen shared a gif of Terrell Owens saying "That's my quarterback."

Former Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. wrote, "He's known as Superman, but welcome back Mr. Newton."

He’s known as Superman, but welcome back Mr. Newton 🤝 pic.twitter.com/QS54elzbf6

— Steve Smith Sr. (@CutToIt) November 11, 2021

The NFL's Twitter account shared a video of Newton's top plays with the Panthers and wrote "He's baaaaaaaaack."

He's baaaaaaaaack.@CameronNewton's TOP 10 plays with the @Panthers! (via @nflthrowback) pic.twitter.com/QQqxKpqGqP

— NFL (@NFL) November 11, 2021

The Panthers also posted a picture of Newton and team owner David Tepper with a caption that said: "Together again."

Together again 😀 pic.twitter.com/PXGaVTvvZX

— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) November 11, 2021

Iconic Saga production house, which Newton founded, also posted a video following the news showing highlights of the quarterback's time with the Panthers, the injuries he battled, his release and subsequent return, with the song "I'm Coming Home" playing in the background.

However, some other fans were not so pleased with Newton's return to the Panthers.

Twitter user Markus Ericsen wrote, "I'm excited that Cam Newton has an opportunity to show that he's still washed up."

I'm excited that Cam Newton has an opportunity to show that he's still washed up

— Markus Ericsen (@MarkusEricsen) November 11, 2021

Twitter user Jimmy OG had a similar response, writing "Anyone who thinks Cam Newton is the answer in Carolina is delusional at best. They just got worse."

Anyone who thinks Cam Newton is the answer in Carolina is delusional at best. They just got worse.

— 🇮🇹JIMMY OG🇺🇸 (@jimmygondo7) November 11, 2021

Newton's return to the Panthers comes shortly after the team's quarterback, Sam Darnold, suffered a shoulder injury last week and is expected to be out for four to six weeks. According to ESPN, Newton's deal with the Panthers is pending a physical, and the team's backup quarterback, P.J. Walker, is set to start on Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals.

ESPN also reported that Panthers head coach Matt Rhule said on Thursday that he would not consider any "hypotheticals" surrounding Newton but noted that he was considering all options in regard to the team's quarterback situation.

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NFL quarterback Cam Newton is returning to the Carolina Panthers, the team announced on Thursday. Above, Newton reacts in the first quarter of the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on September 12, 2019, in Charlotte, North Carolina. Streeter Lecka/Getty