Now he is challenging the Hall of Famer's records.
Newton threw two touchdowns and rushed for two more in Sunday’s regular-season finale against Tampa Bay. That gave him 31 games with at least one of each, tying Young’s record.
Newton also tied Young’s record for most career rushing touchdowns by a quarterback with 43 in the 38-10 victory.
Newton has done all this in five NFL seasons. Young played 15 between Tampa Bay and San Francisco.
"Steve was always a guy I idolized," Newton said. "I got an opportunity to meet him a couple of times. And for me to be in the same talks with him -- it’s just a blessing.
"I couldn’t throw left-handed [like Young], but I tried to mimic his style as much as possible."