Warren Moon advises Cam Newton to “face up to” his past

Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Cam Newton has taken on Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon as an adviser, a smart move for a young quarterback whose talent is undeniable but whose off-field issues could concern some NFL teams. And Moon says the way Newton should handle those off-field concerns is simple: Address them head-on when talking to NFL teams.

“That was when he was 18,” Moon told the News Tribune of the legal trouble Newton got in when he was at Florida. “But those are the things he’s going to have to face up to and hold up to.”

As Moon sees it, if NFL teams are able to get past the fact that Newton has been accused of possessing a stolen laptop and academic cheating at Florida (not to mention various NCAA complications at Auburn), they’re going to see a tremendous quarterback prospect.

“I see a kid who trains to be great; that’s what he’s all about, all he talks about, being great,” Moon said. “His work ethic is so unbelievable that, if anything, you have to try to slow him down and keep him from doing too much. You see how much he wants to work at getting better, not just on the field, but in the classroom, studying film.”

If off-field concerns aren’t an issue, the biggest question surrounding Newton will be whether he can make the transition from running a spread offense in college to running a pro-style system in the NFL. And Moon says that shouldn’t be much of a question at all.

“He’s a highly intelligent kid who understands football, so he can learn any system,” Moon said. “That’s not going to be the biggest issue. I think he’ll be fine with the football part of it.”

So Newton just needs to convince NFL teams that he’ll be fine with the non-football part of it.

39 responses to “Warren Moon advises Cam Newton to “face up to” his past

  1. Funny, I’ve never heard Warren face up to blowing a 35 point half-time lead in the playoffs for the biggest comeback ever to a backup QB.

  2. “I see a kid who trains to be great; that’s what he’s all about, all he talks about, being great,” – Warren Moon

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    What does a vote of confidence from a wife beater mean these days??

  3. If he’s a hard worker, and teams believe that he is, he will be gone by Buffalo if the Panthers don’t pick him first.

  4. Is there proof of him being highly intelligent? I don’t know much about him but I’d like to know his Wonderlic score. Also, I would’ve liked to see him be a starter at a big school for more than a year and see how his stats shake out. This is also the first I’ve heard of him having a good work ethic so that is a good sign, at least. I would be worried about another JaMarcus with this guy but if the intelligence and hard work are there then he won’t be that bad. I just don’t see him as a franchise QB right now.

  5. based on past nfl decisions – he will not have to convince anyone of anything – everyone’s a trip to the casino for teams & many are willing to take that trip – not just w/ cam newton – but w/ everyone…so we’ll see how it all washes out – that’s the entertaining part.

  6. Judging by the many articles I’ve read where this kid has owned up to his past, I believe it’s those in the sporting world who is intentionally making more out of this than warranted..But, why should we be surprised.

    I guess you don’t need much class and integrity to work in the media. You just need to act as if you do.

    Tiger Woods, Mike Vick, and now Cam Newton…What do they all have in common when it comes to the media.

  7. Cam Newton is going to get killed when he comes to the NFL I hope that the Panthers grab him behind that poor O-line and he gets smashed on lol.

  8. I advise Warren Moon to STFU and let Cam go HAM on dudes next year. Cam is a beast that is unstoppable. Cant even put into words the kind of amazing talent he has.

  9. This is like Charlie Sheen giving advice to LiLO (Lohan). A wife beater taking a kid under his wing, LOL.

    Only in the NFL.

  10. Geez…A bunch of Moon haters on here or what. The alleged wife beating was kinda blown out of proportion since his ex wife dropped the charges after the incident happen. It was the Police that wanted to go ahead with it anyway since Mr Moon had a clean record during that time and virtually no run in with the law until what 37 or 38.

    Moon can’t play defense, if he could maybe he could have done something about defending that 35 point lead. Crap, I mean he scored 38 points, you would think its enough, but I guess he choked.

    Cam Newton has got a pretty good role model, I hope it works out for him.

  11. I would advise Newton that it doesn’t matter how many great QBs you talk to at the end of the day you need to prove YOURSELF on the field

  12. Judging by the many articles I’ve read where this kid has owned up to his past, I believe it’s those in the sporting world who is intentionally making more out of this than warranted..But, why should we be surprised.

    I guess you don’t need much class and integrity to work in the media. You just need to act as if you do.

    Tiger Woods, Mike Vick, and now Cam Newton…What do they all have in common when it comes to the media
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    I guess you don’t need much class and integrity to work be an athlete. You just need to act as if you do.

    ….quit trying to draw cards.

  13. I think the damage is done as far as Newton is concerned. Teams that have a strong interest in him probably won’t even ask. They will have already decided to accept him as he is. The ones that aren’t interested in him that much won’t ask because they don’t care one way or the other. What you see is what you get with Newton. Good and not so good.

  14. Typical. Does Warren Moon have any advice for Ryan Mallett? Opps, oh yeah, Ryan Mallett is white. Never mind.

  15. Brilliant choice for a “mentor” Cam. Accused wife beater, and serial drunk driver Warren “Blue” Moon, will surely guide you into making good decisions. Wait a minute, this is a bad decision, and so it begins.

  16. Loved Moon. He – and Fouts – were some of the best pure passers I’ve ever seen. In his prime, Moon was a machine.

  17. @whatswiththehate:

    Good point about Tiger, Vick, and Cam.

    You always hear about those guys and what they did, but you never hear about Favre or Big Ben……..oh wait, yes you do.

  18. Actually Warren Moon is also working with Jake Locker as well and he is white so it has more to do with who these kids agents are and them reaching out to him. In fact if Mallett reached out to Moon he would advice him too.

  19. Uhh, Moon haters, his wife came at him first (she was high-strung from what I understand), he defended him self in the form of restraining her and their young son freaked out and called the police.

  20. Always liked Moon and think he’d make a great mentor. Yeah, Newton comes across as a very smart guy with a plan. That’s why we’re not buying that he signed with Auburn after one meeting just because Daddy said so or was clueless about being pimped for profit. He’s a talented player and if he can master a pro-style offense, I’m sure his career will continue to be quite profitable. When the truth comes out, only Auburn will suffer for it.

  21. Typical. Does Warren Moon have any advice for Ryan Mallett? Opps, oh yeah, Ryan Mallett is white. Never mind.

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    You are too stupid for words. First of all, Warren Moon wasn’t drafted into the NFL BECAUSE he was a black QB. And that was only 30 years ago.

    Second, do you get as offended when white people help other white people? Is that “typical”?

    You probably couldn’t comprehend what I just wrote, so just keep playing with your own poo.

  22. jasonculhane says:
    Feb 20, 2011 6:52 PM
    Geez…A bunch of Moon haters on here or what. The alleged wife beating was kinda blown out of proportion since his ex wife dropped the charges after the incident happen. It was the Police that wanted to go ahead with it anyway since Mr Moon had a clean record during that time and virtually no run in with the law until what 37 or 38.

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    So it’s clear to say that Warren is a sinner just like Cam. The only difference is, the media isn’t on a witch hunt against him because of their own failed attempt at creating another Heisman Trophy scandal.

    Maybe those who are demanding Cam to “come clean” ….damn where did I hear that phrase before? Oh yes, the sports media with Tiger Woods…, should lead by example. But we all know that won’t happen.
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    patfic15 says:
    Feb 20, 2011 7:36 PM

    I guess you don’t need much class and integrity to work be an athlete. You just need to act as if you do.

    ….quit trying to draw cards.
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    The NFL isn’t a Monestary..Why aren’t these sports writers scrutinizing the backgrounds of ALL athletes including those in NHL they way they are in the NFL.

    What, are u afraid of the TRUTH???…”quit trying to draw cards.”

    Amazing how folks like u don’t have a problem playing the comparison game with “certain” athletes but hate when folks point out ur obvious bias…

  23. peopletrains says:
    Feb 20, 2011 6:39 PM
    Highly intelligent kid don’t cheat.

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    No that’s not true. The highly intelligent ones don’t get caught.

    Also, Warren Moon made many mistakes in his life. But everyone of us on here has made mistakes as well. It is easy to sit and point the finger. He is trying to make ammends now and that is commendable.

  24. Moon is correct. As we all learned as kids, it is better to admit to doing something wrong than to denying or hiding it and having it surface later. Dad wouldn’t beat me if I owned up to throwing a baseball through the neighbor’s window, but if I lied about it and he found out later, I’d hear the snapping of the belt. Cam should be upfront and honest – his ability to play the game will yield him many suitors regardless.

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