While the superstar is still just 30-years-old, he feels like an old 30. He currently has 29,041 passing yards and 4,806 rushing yards in his career. While this is a good indication of his phenomenal athletic abilities, it also marks a considerable number of miles on his body.
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A study in 2017 showed that Newton had taken 822 hits or sacks since his career began in 2011 (the most of any quarterback in that span).
That number was light years ahead of the second player on the list, Russell Wilson, who took just 615. He has played at a high level for a decade and has taken a historic number of hits along the path.
The NFL’s ‘Superman’ showed the first major signs of vulnerability when a foot injury cost him all but two games in 2019. In fact, this injury was the catalyst that led to his departure from the franchise that drafted him.
To further complicate matters, NFL front offices are currently unable to perform full medical examines and physicals. So, the team that signs him will be required to exercise an unusual amount of faith.