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The Cam Newton experience

Post by Eric Williams on Feb. 26, 2011 at 2:23 pm with 10 Comments »
February 26, 2011 2:24 pm
Auburn quarterback Cam Newton responds to a question during a news conference during the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Cam Newton appears to have this media thing down.

He confidently flashed his pearly-white teeth as he glided to the podium, sharing a laugh with NFL draft guru Gil Brandt before beginning a 15-minute-long Q & A with reporters

Newton read from a written statement to begin the press conference, addressing his recent remarks about being an entertainer and an icon after the announcement for his new endorsement deal with Under Armour.

“I was making the point that I want to be the best possible ambassador for them, just like I want to be the best possible ambassador for whatever team I’m blessed to play for,” said Newton, reading from a prepared statement.

Newton also accepted blame for those comments being misinterpreted.

He did slip into third person a couple times – a no-no unless you have reached Deion Sanders and Kobe Bryant’s stratosphere in terms of super stardom. But overall Newton was very impressive and looked like a person who could lead an NFL team.

You can watch a snippet of Newton’s interview here.

Newton’s poise and grace under tough questions about his background in front of a swelling throng of media was in stark contract to Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallet, who bristled when repeatedly asked to address the rumors about drug use in his past.

Mallet refused to discuss the issue when asked five different times, finally saying, “I said I’m not going to talk about that stuff.”

Newton also addressed his relationship with his father after the NCAA allegations the dogged his family throughout his final season at Auburn.

“The relationship with my father was one that was already good before the adversity stuff came up with the NCAA,” Newton said. “And with this whole NCAA thing swarming around my family and everyone that was affiliated with me, it just brought me and my father closer together.”

Do people mistake his confidence for cockiness?

“I’m not sure,” he said. “It was instilled in me at a young age to believe in myself, first and foremost. Because if I don’t believe in myself, who do I expect to believe in myself.”

Newton refused to address the allegations of plagiarism and stealing a laptop while at Florida, saying it was in the past. He also said he would not change what occurred in his past, because it helped make him into the person he is today.

Newton said he will compete in all of he drills at the combine and throw at his Auburn pro day on March 8.

If Newton can dispel questions about his character, off-the-field issues and leadership ability, he’s sure to be a top-five pick because of his obvious physical skills. Today’s press conference was as step in the right direction.

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  1. I saw part of the interview and agree with Mooch 100% about “say it from the heart” and not in a written statement that he may or may not have had anything to do with writing.

  2. I hope he goes top 5 – then we can’t touch him. I want no part of him. I think he will be show boat and not a show up kind of guy. He thinks his talent is all he needs. No work ethic, no film study, understanding of what it takes to truly lead a team.

    If people jump on his band wagon then guys we want will hopefully fall to us or draw a great trade down scenario.

    Just my .02

  3. Dukeshire says:

    I watched the whole presser as well. The written statement? Speaking off the cuff is what got him in “trouble” in the first place. A written statement may have been the safest course of action, considering. That is, a guy who doesn’t need a written statement likely wouldn’t have said something as idiotic as “entertainer and icon” in the first place. (Honest, but idiotic for a guy with a checkered background to start with.)

    “He did slip into third person a couple times – a no-no unless you have reached Deion Sanders and Kobe Bryant’s stratosphere in terms of super stardom.”

    Lol, my girlfriend came home about the time the presser started and commented on that as well. She noted that for a guy who “pretends to be humble” he was awfully comfortable referring to himself in the third person. The again, if you want to be an icon, why not start before your career has even begun? lol

  4. And since he can’t speak off the cuff, I want nothing to do with him either. I’ve said that for awhile though. I hope he gets drafted by AZ or SF.

  5. Dukeshire says:

    Me either, although I’d prefer he go to a team out out of the division, just in case…

  6. SeahawkFan12 says:

    Punk a$$ prima donna, which is great for a T.O.-level receiver, not so great for the leader of a team. He’ll be out of the league in 5 years, or be holding a clipboard in Oakland after a lackluster start in Dallas. Waster of talent.

  7. Mr Williams, do you rank Newton before or behind Gabbert?

    If Newton takes the Wonderlic, it’ll be interesting to see how he does.

  8. Also, what do you think of Colin Kaepernick? Didn’t he have a pretty good Sr Bowl?

  9. I have watched some of Cam Newton at the combine, he might be athletic gifted but he has thrown some bad passes and this is with no pressure. You can take into account poor route running by the receiver on occasion but there have been several bad passes. Coming from a spread offense he is going to have figure out the 3-5 step drops a lot better. I love how the NFL network which is garbage is saying he is so good, lol the media and so called experts ie Trent i got a ring because i was on the Ravens and thats it Dilfer are proping him up. Not even 2 months ago he was projected late 1st round now he is possibly top 5?? The entertainer can go to the skins and be a bust there I guess.

  10. “I’m an entertainer” doesn’t exactly sound like “I’m a murderer and/or rapist”.

    He should be a competitor, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be entertained by watching him play.

    Make no mistake, I hope seattle stays 20 picks away from this cat, but, I’m not going to make a big deal about him calling himself an entertainer and icon.

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