3. QB Cam Newton, CAR

Aaron Rodgers has more playoff experience than Cam Newton. Aaron Rodgers has a Super Bowl under his discount double check belt. Aaron Rodgers has won an MVP (though Cam might win one too in a few weeks). By all accounts, Aaron Rodgers is better than Cam Newton.

But Newton still ranks higher than Rodgers on this list and it’s because he’s the figurehead of the NFL’s most magical team. Carolina’s dreams of a perfect season may be no more, but their dream of a Super Bowl is still very much alive and Cam Newton is not going to rest until he makes that dream a reality.

The NFL’s leading MVP candidate lead the Panthers to a 14-1 record this season while completing 59.7 percent of his passes for 3,837 yards, 35 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Newton also rushed for 636 yards and 10 touchdowns on 132 carries (4.8 ypc).

His level of confidence and swagger from the moment he steps onto the field to the moment he steps off of it is reminiscent of “Primetime” Deion Sanders with the Cowboys. He doesn’t just want to be the best player at his position, he wants to be the best player to ever play the game. But more than anything, he wants to win.

That’s what Cam has made clear this season–winning is all that matters. He doesn’t mind handing the ball off to Jonathan Stewart 30 times nor does he care if he has to sit on the sidelines while the defense wins the game for him. As long as they’re winning, Cam is happy.

There’s only one player on this list who wants to win more than Cam Newton, and he sits at the number one spot. Number two on the list deserves a spot because he and his team are simply playing too well for people to ignore them.

I'm a senior journalism and communications major at THE University of Connecticut, as well as a die hard Jets and Knicks fan. College football and basketball have their place in my heart, but the NFL is my pride and joy.