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Although this is similar to a policy the New York Yankees has on all of its players, this gained some controversy on Richardson's part due to the fact that other players on the team didn't meet these guidelines.
Dave Zirin, reporter for The Nation.com, even accused Richardson of racism.
On January 1, 2012 against the New Orleans Saints, Newton threw for 158 yards and became the first rookie quarterback to throw for 4,000 yards.
On January 22, 2012, Newton was named to be heading to the Pro Bowl after the New York Giants beat the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship game.
He played college football at Auburn and was drafted as the first overall pick by the Panthers in the 2011 NFL Draft.
His quarterbacks coach was Mike Shula, former head football coach of his college rival Alabama.