No one has ever questioned Panthers quarterback Cam Newton’s talent, but some people have questioned Cam Newton’s leadership. Newton wants those people to know he’s well aware of the importance of that aspect of playing quarterback.
Newton, who has said he wants to be a team captain, also says that whether he has a “C” on his jersey or not, the “QB” by his name on the roster means that he has a leadership role in Carolina.
“I play a position that, by default, you’re a leader whether you want to be or not,” Newton told the Charlotte Observer. “You look at the quarterback position all the way back to rec ball. Guys know that that’s the leader. You’re automatically the person to flip the coin or answer the questions to the referee. It’s not something that I’ve done anything different, it just comes with the territory.”
Heading into his third season as the Panthers’ quarterback, Carolina needs Newton to be ready to lead.