Luck turned down a chance to become Panthers franchise QB

Had things turned out differently, Andrew Luck would have been the quarterback of the Carolina Panthers.

And Cam Newton? Who knows?

The Panthers had Luck pegged as the No. 1 pick in the 2011 NFL draft after his redshirt sophomore season, but he decided to return to Stanford. The spurned Panthers quickly turned their attention to Newton, the Heisman Trophy winner from Auburn.

The rest is history.

Newton would begin his reign as the franchise quarterback in Carolina as an immediate starter in 2011. He's led the Panthers to back-to-back NFC South division titles and has them in position to win another after a 6-0 start.

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