Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers quarterback, has touched upon a very sensitive subject.
Let’s trace the history of the greatest quarterbacks: Tom Brady, Troy Aikman, Joe Montana, John Elway, Terry Bradshaw, Eli Manning, Kurt Warner, Steve Young and Peyton Manning. What’s the one unifying factor, here, besides that they are all-time greats? They are all Caucasians.
Therefore, it’s very rare for an African-American quarterback to take pro football by storm. Newton feels that many NFL pundits don’t show him the respect he deserves due to the color of his skin.
“I’m an African-American quarterback that scares people because they haven’t seen nothing that they can compare me to,” the Panthers superstar said Wednesday.
Too many detractors…
No doubt Newton has his share of detractors. Be it his style of play or his over-the-top celebrations, Newton is often criticized for the wrong reasons. Some even have a problem with his confidence, often misconstrued as arrogance. “People are going to judge and have opinions on things I don’t have control over,” Newton said.
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Newton wants to stay true to himself. “I said that prior to me being in this situation,” the quarterback said about being misunderstood. “But when I said it then, it was like, ‘Oh, he is immature,’ or, ‘Oh, he’s young and this, that, and the third.’ I felt a certain type of way then, and I feel a certain type of way now — nothing has pretty much changed.”
Newton added, “The only thing that has changed is that we’re winning now.”
Ron Rivera, the Panthers Coach, wants Newton to get over the notion that his race is playing a role in his criticism. “I think he has always strived to have that separation. I don’t think he wants to be known as an African-American quarterback; he wants to be known as a quarterback.”
Cam Newton is the leading candidate to win the Most Valuable Player Award. He is also the frontrunner to win the Super Bowl MVP next weekend.