Cam Newton came into the NFL under a certain cloud, after a scandal marred his National Title-winning, Heisman Trophy-collecting college career.
Born Cameron Newton to Cecil Newton, a Holiness minister from Atlanta, the talented young quarterback’s college career was tainted by charges of corruption and bad behavior. He left the Florida Gators days after sitting the bench on a National Championship team. spent time at Blinn College in Texas, and eventually landed with the Auburn Tigers. As he led Auburn to a national title, scandal engulfed him and his father, who was accused of soliciting a $180,000 from colleges to secure his son’s talents.
Those solicitations were proven with taped conversations, but the NCAA found excuses to keep the most popular college player playing. Their rules eventually were changed to make solicitation of bribes an NCAA violation.
Entering the NFL, many fans wished the young passer ill. He emerged as a fantasy force his rookie year, becoming the first rookie QB to throw for 4,000+ yards. He was a Pro Bowl selection, despite the Panthers remaining a losing team. His second NFL season saw a major regression, and critics were ready to dismiss him as a flash in the pan.
Not so. Cam Newton studied film, worked on his game, and emerged in Season 3 as an elite NFL quarterback. His growth into that role continues to the present.
Despite all of that, the Panthers’ leader remains a polarizing figure. From his touchdown celebrations to his ability to lead a team to the Super Bowl, a wide range of opinions follows the young talent around.
Here is a full story of Cam Newton, along with stats, quotes, and contract information.
Cam Newton Highlights, Stats, Flip, Net Worth
College: Auburn Tigers
Years Pro: 5
Team: Carolina Panthers
Round Drafted: 1st – Pick: 1
Jersey Number: 1
Twitter Page: @CameronNewton
Cam Newton Quotes
Winning excuses everything.
I. Hate. Excuses. Excuses are a disease.
Word of mouth travels faster than anything else.
I believe that a person should not be thought of as a bad person because of some senseless mistake that they made. I’m an example of why people deserve second chances.
My place of refuge is definitely watching movies and playing video games. I know that’s kind of hard to fathom.
My father always wanted me to play a musical instrument, and I never had that type of skill.
Music can bring about different vibes on the field, off the field, urban life, going to church, leaving church. Everything the world may bring, there’s a song for it to put you in the right frame of mind.
I know when it’s getting close to game time, I create a different playlist for each and every game. Before the game, to game time, to warm-ups, going to the stadium, I have a different playlist that puts me in a different mode.
There are three or four places in the country where people think of fashion: One is L.A., obviously. Another is New York. And I think Atlanta has to be in the top five cities where fashion is very big.
On His Father, Cecil Newton Jr.
I grew up trying to be like my idols, and one of the main people in my life was my father. He played football, and when your father is telling stories about the game he played…Everybody wants to be like their father.
On Being a Pro Football Player
In college, you had to worry about that math class or this exam that’s coming up on Tuesday, but not in the professionals. You eat, sleep, and do everything related to your craft – and your craft is football. You can be at it from sunup to sundown.
I see myself not only as a football player, but an entertainer and icon.
A person that says, ‘Losing is not difficult,’ I don’t even want to be around that person. And obviously, that person has never won anything relevant in their life.
I don’t ever want to seem like I’m trying to command attention through the way I dress – but I have certainly been known to wear everything from a flamboyant suit to something very mellow and classic. I aim to just look and feel confident.
On the Quarterback Position
The quarterback is an extension of the coach and has a certain type of swagger mentality, on and off the field.
I think for me, or for anyone who plays the quarterback position, it’s almost an unspoken word when you think about leadership. Some guys can be a leader and be a running back or a lineman, or wide receiver, strong safety, or linebacker. But when you speak of quarterbacks, it’s automatically a default that you’re supposed to be a leader.
On Lifestyle Choices
What happens when you take a lion out of the safari and try to take him to your place of residence and make him a house pet? It ain’t going to happen. That’s the type of person that I am. I’m that lion.
I don’t want to be the center of attention, which is ironic. I hate having all eyes on me – unless it’s for my job, and my job is playing football. I’m not that attention-hungry.
Control what you can control. Don’t lose sleep worrying about things that you don’t have control over because, at the end of the day, you still won’t have any control over them.
I pray for discretion every single night, that I can see through people, see what their greater good is. Sometimes that individual ‘wows’ you by the eye, but when it come to heart to heart, that person’s not there for you. That’s not just females. That may be friends, people who come into your life just to use you for who you are.
Most of the time, I don’t really give people a chance. I have a wall up. I’m always protecting who I am. Thinking about my brand. I make it hard on people. Sometimes, it’s a good thing. Sometimes, it’s a bad thing.
One day I hope to open my own day-care center. My passion for kids is through the roof.