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Cam Newton: Steve Smith is like my big brother

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Panthers receiver Steve Smith has told quarterback Cam Newton that he needs to stop sulking, and challenged Newton to be a better leader. Newton says that’s a challenge he welcomes.

Asked whether he and Smith have a rift, Newton insisted that they have a great relationship, and that Smith is mentoring him and helping him become a professional.

“Steve Smith talks to me every single day. And obviously it’s a teaching moment, so for you to just single something out like that is kind of bogus for me,” Newton said, via the Charlotte Observer. “Because after this meeting he’s probably going to say something to me. I look up to Smitty as if he’s my big brother, and he has a very big impact on how I play and just having a mindset because he has done it and has lived it. I have much respect for Smitty, and yeah he talked to me after the game, but he talked to me the day after too, and will probably talk to me again today. It’s nothing like when Smitty talks to me it’s a big deal because I feel like I can call Smitty on any case—on the field or off the field.”

Smith hasn’t always been the best teammate — just ask the guys he’s punched — but from all indications he has been a good mentor to Newton. And the fact that Newton welcomes the perspective of a veteran teammate is a good sign. Eventually the Panthers need Newton to develop into the kind of leader who doesn’t need Smith to tell him to stop sulking on the sideline, but for now this pairing seems like a positive for Newton, Smith and the Panthers.

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7 Responses to “Cam Newton: Steve Smith is like my big brother”
  1. saintsfan26 says: Sep 27, 2012 7:48 AM

    Just wait Cam. If you continue putting up terrible passing performances, don’t be surprised when Steve Smith sucker punches you in the face.

  2. flipside715 says: Sep 27, 2012 8:03 AM

    Thank Ryan Kalil for the Superbowl ad. For a team that comes off a 6-10 season, that’s a lot of pressure for the players and a 2nd year QB. Newton seems like he’s being too hard on himself despite the real problem of the Panthers, which is their crap defense that can’t get off the field on 3rd down.

  3. captainspangled says: Sep 27, 2012 8:56 AM

    Dude who is 6’6″ looks up to a guy who is 5’9″.

  4. tmac4454 says: Sep 27, 2012 9:04 AM

    Truthfully, I believe this has already been going on. I can see how a superstar that has been a winner at the lower level can be upset at the thought of not winning. Sometimes you need someone that has been there good and bad to help you to become a better leader when the chips are down. Like the old saying, get back up and fight another Sunday.
    There are a lot of Cam Newton haters in today’s world who wish for him to fall. I remember Mayock punk a** kept saying negative things about him last year. He does not have this/that…Rookie QB of the year last year. Broke records..Do not hate, congratulate haters.

  5. truthplainandsimple says: Sep 27, 2012 9:24 AM

    Steve Smith may be a little off, but he’s always been considered a good guy off the field. He plays hard and I’m sure he has a lot of good things to offer Cam. Truthfully, I thought Smitty would’ve retired by now because of injury and age but I think Cam has rejuvenated him to some extent.

  6. sj39 says: Sep 27, 2012 9:33 AM

    Welcome back down to Earth.

  7. pdillon1 says: Sep 27, 2012 9:42 AM

    Steve Smith is great but considering that it was Cam Newton that breathed new life into his career, I’d lay off Cam a little. Or since he talks to Cam so much, keep those comments in house at least.

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