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Cam Newton realizes desire to be a captain

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In May, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton said that he wanted to be a team captain.

Coach Ron Rivera announced Thursday that Newton got what he wanted when he announced the names of the team’s six captains. Newton’s name was on the list and Rivera said he likes the way Newton is developing.

“I’m excited about who he’s becoming,” Rivera said, via David Newton of ESPN.com. “Last year, you could see he was growing. Cam is still growing, but he’s also a little more mature, a little more comfortable, a little more savvy. He’s learned a lot of things, and he can do those things that can help us, that can give us an opportunity to win football games.”

While there have been questions and criticisms about his leadership, the biggest obstacle to Newton becoming captain seemed to be the presence of tackle Jordan Gross and wide receiver Steve Smith. Newton was able to move into the role without displacing either one, however, because Rivera changed the way the team picked its captains this year. Instead of having five captains, Rivera went with the league-maximum of six, and named the team’s six leading vote-getters regardless of position rather than having two from the offense, two from the defense and one from special teams.

Center Ryan Kalil, linebacker Thomas Davis and linebacker Luke Kuechly are the other captains.

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34 Responses to “Cam Newton realizes desire to be a captain”
  1. patsbrat says: Sep 5, 2013 2:54 PM

    “Captain Cam”…has a nice ring to it.

  2. bucrightoff says: Sep 5, 2013 2:57 PM

    Captain celebrate meaningless touchdowns when your down 44-10. I’m sure he’ll lead by example.

  3. hutch119 says: Sep 5, 2013 3:01 PM

    I bet his teammates just gave him pity votes at this point.

  4. aaroncurryisbust says: Sep 5, 2013 3:01 PM

    Russell Wilson is already a better leader than Scam Newton.

  5. mcmeen0576 says: Sep 5, 2013 3:03 PM

    CAM! WHOAAAAAAA CAMMMMMM!!!
    -Deion Sanders

  6. mancave001 says: Sep 5, 2013 3:05 PM

    As if captains matter. This isn’t 4th grade safety patrol.

  7. whoisrdymlz says: Sep 5, 2013 3:05 PM

    I suspect Newton was the top vote-getter. This is a different dude than in previous seasons.

  8. anicra says: Sep 5, 2013 3:09 PM

    If Cam is now Captain Cam
    Odd question should not they take the Captain title away from Munnerlyn

  9. cadillacjosh says: Sep 5, 2013 3:09 PM

    Scam Newton? Who exactly did he scam?

  10. stillers213 says: Sep 5, 2013 3:16 PM

    I didn’t realize it took so long to realize what he finally realized?

  11. thegreatgabbert says: Sep 5, 2013 3:18 PM

    Stuporman wants to be captain. But only if he gets to wear a cap and a badge.

  12. 12strikes says: Sep 5, 2013 3:22 PM

    When you have to ask to be a leader, you are no leader.

  13. vaster says: Sep 5, 2013 3:24 PM

    Captain Morgan > Captain America > Captain Cam

  14. tthrush1 says: Sep 5, 2013 3:32 PM

    sucrightoff: If you’re going to bash our guy, at least get the facts straight. The touchdown in question made the score 20-7, with about 20 minutes left in the game, and it was an attempt (albeit a failed attempt) to get his team going. Just because that’s as close as they ever got in the game doesn’t change the situation AT THE TIME. And unlike your Sucs, we haven’t lost any games by 30 in the last 2 years.

  15. hawkfan72 says: Sep 5, 2013 3:33 PM

    As captain, he can now teach them all how to hide under towels when they are losing.

  16. peytonsneck18 says: Sep 5, 2013 3:37 PM

    thats cute…………….

  17. beckhruby says: Sep 5, 2013 3:37 PM

    I hope this guy figures it out. He’s got the ability and he’s durable unlike other mobile QBS like Vick and RG3. Something about him rubs me the wrong way…mabye its the whole Auburn scam thing. I think he’s a beast but that doesnt always equate to talent/wins.

  18. captainspangled says: Sep 5, 2013 3:38 PM

    Cam Newton? A captain? But but but NOOOOOO! Haven’t you seen him wearing towels on his head on ESPN! HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE!?!?!?!?!

    DOES HE NOT KNOW TOWELS ARE FOR DRYING YOUR BODY? HOW CAN HE BE A CAPTAIN WHEN HE WEARS THEM ON HIS HEAD?!?!

    Lol. Suck it Espn.

  19. blue18hutthutt says: Sep 5, 2013 3:40 PM

    lol who would have any confidence in this clown? This guy has done NOTHING to merit all the attention he has brought on himself

  20. sportsmeccabi says: Sep 5, 2013 3:41 PM

    66 touchdowns in two years.
    Next 3 are going to be hung on the Seahawks.

  21. 88ibis says: Sep 5, 2013 3:50 PM

    “realizes desire to…”
    That phrase sounds like something consenting adults should do in the privacy of their home.

  22. bucrightoff says: Sep 5, 2013 3:51 PM

    tthrush1 says:Sep 5, 2013 3:32 PM

    sucrightoff: If you’re going to bash our guy, at least get the facts straight. The touchdown in question made the score 20-7, with about 20 minutes left in the game, and it was an attempt (albeit a failed attempt) to get his team going. Just because that’s as close as they ever got in the game doesn’t change the situation AT THE TIME. And unlike your Sucs, we haven’t lost any games by 30 in the last 2 years.
    ______________________________________

    A) We have a Super Bowl, you do not.
    B) We do not have consecutive 2-8 starts, you do
    C) You schedule indicates a 2-8 start might be the best case scenario for the Panthers this year
    D) You’re a Panthers fan. Your greatest moment is your kicker kicking the ball out of bounds to hand New England a ring. Settle down.

  23. purpleguy says: Sep 5, 2013 4:01 PM

    So as captain, he will set a great example on how to sulk with authority.

  24. pilot2011 says: Sep 5, 2013 4:08 PM

    enjoy your blackouts buc fans.

  25. captainspangled says: Sep 5, 2013 4:10 PM

    lol at Bucs fans still trying to hold onto the glory of a team from 12 years ago.

    enjoy watching your qb competition in the most football apathetic city in the nation

  26. trollhammer20 says: Sep 5, 2013 4:31 PM

    If he throws three picks this week, does he get demoted to Lieutenant?

  27. Kaz says: Sep 5, 2013 4:42 PM

    Sounds like a coaching tactic to get him to lead in stead of celebrating first downs even after penalties.

  28. bucrightoff says: Sep 5, 2013 4:42 PM

    Enjoy the most boring offense in America Panthers fans. We had Mike Shula, we know best. Run, run, pass, punt, rinse, repeat. Get used to it.

  29. Dennis Allen's Outgoing Persona says: Sep 5, 2013 5:21 PM

    66 touchdowns in two years.
    Next 3 are going to be hung on the Seahawks.
    ————
    Not a seahawks fan but try 40 TDS in two years. 29 picks too.

  30. jamescuria says: Sep 5, 2013 6:01 PM

    So when he starts crying because he’s thrown too many interceptions, we can call him Captain Diaper Baby.

  31. panthersftw says: Sep 5, 2013 9:19 PM

    Dennis Allen’s Outgoing Persona says: Sep 5, 2013 5:21 PM

    66 touchdowns in two years.
    Next 3 are going to be hung on the Seahawks.
    ————
    Not a seahawks fan but try 40 TDS in two years. 29 picks too.
    _ _ _ _

    Think he was going for passing plus rushing TD’s:

    40 Passing TD’s
    22 Rushing TD’s
    62 Total TD’s

  32. tthrush1 says: Sep 5, 2013 10:46 PM

    Dennis Allen: those 22 rushing touchdowns actually did happen, and were worth six points each.
    Bucsrightoff: when Trent Dilfer and Shaun King are your qb options, of course you’re going to run a lot. Lets wait and see what Shula can do with some real talent.

  33. teek77 says: Sep 6, 2013 9:32 AM

    About the towel……..anybody ever hear of a fellow by the name of Michael Jordan? No one ever referred to him as sulking when he did it! And, as for Cam “begging” to be Captain, he was asked by a reporter if he wanted to be Captain. It’s sort of like being asked, “Would you like to be a millionaire?”. He would have had to be a fool to have said “No”. People, please! Stop making yourself look foolish because you don’t like a guy!

  34. panthercelt says: Sep 6, 2013 11:24 AM

    he’s statistically had one of the best opening two years of any qb. He’s a good player and with the attention on him from the public, he should be made a captain so the team can tranfer that attention to him to pressure him to improve and lead

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