One of the questions about Auburn quarterback Cam Newton is whether his relative lack of experience means he’s not polished enough to be ready for the NFL. But Newton views the fact that he played just one season at Auburn in a different light.
“I’m aware of that statement,” Newton told Dan Wetzel of Yahoo. “I don’t want to sound arrogant but I did something in one year people couldn’t do in their whole collegiate careers. We had a chance to do something great and we did it.”
It’s good that he doesn’t want to sound arrogant, but comments like that from Newton, and his desire to be an icon and entertainer, are the kinds of statements that make people wonder if Newton’s attitude is more like Ryan Leaf’s than Peyton Manning’s.
But Newton insists that he is, in fact, a lot like Manning in his approach to the game.
“Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, you look at how good they are every year,” Newton said. “The question is how do they do it? Nothing you can point to but hard work. In the offseason. In the regular season.”
When he meets with coaches in Indianapolis in the days ahead, Newton would be wise to stress his ambition to work as hard as Manning, Brady and Rodgers. And to ease up on the boasting about his college career, and his status as an icon.