Dave Zirin, reporter for The Nation.com, even accused Richardson of racism.
His quarterbacks coach was Mike Shula, former head football coach of his college rival Alabama.
Newton set the NFL rushing touchdown record for quarterbacks on December 4, 2011, rushing for his 13th touchdown of the season in the fourth quarter against Tampa Bay.
Newton attended Westlake High School in Atlanta, Georgia, where he played for the Westlake Lions high school football team.
This performance brought Cam a passer rating of 127.5, his highest yet.
With Carolina's win over the Indianapolis Colts, Newton became the fourth rookie quarterback to pass for over 3,000 yards in his first season, joining Peyton Manning, Matt Ryan, and Sam Bradford.
Whitfield has worked with other quarterbacks such as Ben Roethlisberger and Akili Smith.
On April 28, 2011, Newton was selected with the first overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers.