Cam Newton Can Thank Michael Jordan For Pre-Game Advice
Cam Newton is the toast of the state of North Carolina. The quarterback ran roughshod over the Arizona Cardinals defense on Sunday as the Carolina Panthers stormed into next month’s Super Bowl 50.Advertisement
Newton is the flavor of the day. But Michael Jordan is the most famous citizen in North Carolina’s history. Therefore, Jordan was just as elated as the rest of the state as the Panthers validated their status as NFL’s best team – and heavy favorites going into their clash against Denver Broncos.
On Sunday, Jordan was in attendance at the Bank of America Stadium in his hometown of Charlotte. Stephen Curry, also a native of Charlotte, celebrated the victory with a series of tweets (see below). The NBA’s MVP has already announced his intention to attend the Super Bowl on February 7.
After Panthers’ landslide victory, NFL Media’s Marshall Faulk revealed a story of Jordan talking with Newton prior to the NFC Championship game. (Watch Video Above)
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“Cam (Newton) and Mike (Jordan) have formed this relationship which is really special. Mike told Troy Aikman (Dallas Cowboys legend and current broadcaster) that Cam has been asking Michael about success, and how to get to the next level. Cam also asked Jordan ‘tell me your mindset when you have to deal with beating the bully,” Faulk revealed in the NFL Game Day overtime show.
What was Jordan’s answer? “Mike told Cam about the transformation in himself before the Chicago Bulls had to get over Detroit Pistons (Bulls finally beat the Bad Boy Pistons in the 1991 conference finals after losing to Isiah Thomas’ team a few times before).”
According to Faulk, Cam Newton likened the Panthers’ struggles with Seattle Seahawks to the Bulls’ struggles with Pistons. “That information that Mike (Jordan) gave Cam Newton, I think was delivered to the rest of the team,” said the NFL analyst.
It seems like MJ’s advice worked since the Panthers defeated the Seahawks 31-24 in the divisional round last weekend. If anyone knows a thing or two about success, it’s Michael Jordan – arguably the greatest American athlete in history. Simply put, Cam Newton is learning from the best.