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Cam Newton: ‘I’m a Black QB That Might Scare Some People’

Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers celebrates during the NFC Championship Game against the Arizona Cardinals at Bank of America Stadium on January 24, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers celebrates during the NFC Championship Game against the Arizona Cardinals at Bank of America Stadium on January 24, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

*Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton said he believes that his race plays a role in the way people perceive him.

Asked during a press conference Wednesday in Charlotte why he thinks people continue to be critical of him despite the MVP-like season he has had.

“I’ve said it since Day 1, I’m an African-American quarterback that might scare some people, because they haven’t seen anything they can compare me to,” Newton said.

“Oftentimes, it’s funny, I get inspired, it makes me go out there and practice even harder because I remember when I was working out for the draft and I would see the Senior Bowl playing, I see these guys out there busting their tails, trying to get drafted, trying to have a job to provide for their family or themselves and it’s like, here I am, I’m doing exactly what I want to do, how I want to do it.”

Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers warms up prior to the NFC Championship Game against the Arizona Cardinals at Bank of America Stadium on January 24, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers warms up prior to the NFC Championship Game against the Arizona Cardinals at Bank of America Stadium on January 24, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera was also asked to weigh in on why he believes Newton inspires such debate.

“That’s just who he is. He’s a tremendously gifted athlete, a terrific quarterback, a smart football player,” Rivera said. “I don’t think he wants to be known as an African-American quarterback. I think he wants to be known as a quarterback and I think that’s what drives him, to be able to transcend those boundaries, which I think is great.

“People think that you should be stoic when you play this game and I think a lot of people disagree,” Rivera continued. “You should be able to come out and have fun. This is a kid’s game we’re playing. I know there’s a lot of money involved and everything, but at the end of the day, it’s about entertainment and having fun.”

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1 COMMENT

  1. Cam go out there and knock a whole bigger in their ass. Im in yexas judt start looking at carolina when carolina played n.y.giants last time when beckman act a fool. You are great keep up the great work.

    Im pulling for you frim niw on. So let’s do this

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