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Cam Newton was trying to be a leader by playing hurt

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Panthers quarterback Cam Newton seems to understand that he’d be better off this season if he had sat out the end of last season, knowing he’d need surgery to repair a partially torn rotator cuff.

But he said he felt an obligation to his teammates during a difficult 2016, which he still takes a measure of pride in finishing even though they fell well short of the playoffs.

“But at the end of the day, I felt as if there was another thing that was achieved,” Newton said, via Bill Voth of the team’s official website. “I wear the ‘C’ patch on my jersey with great pride, and I feel as if it comes around again, would I reconsider it? Yeah, but also knowing those guys that I’m going to give every single thing that I have to give for this game, for the fans, for my teammates, especially.”

Newton’s three weeks removed from surgery on his throwing shoulder, which he tried to delay and rehab his way around. But that delay also puts the start of training camp in some degree of jeopardy, since he won’t throw again until at least late June.

“Was it smart?” Newton said. “People may say it wasn’t, but at the end of the day, I think the bigger picture was I’m one of the leaders on this team.

“I just want to set a good standard that, listen, the team comes first and I’m just going to put myself in position to try to lead this team as much as possible.”

Of course, he won’t be leading them through the offseason program, when the team is trying to “evolve” an offense without its most important part. Whether that’s a smart thing or not will be determined when he eventually gets back on the field.

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39 Responses to “Cam Newton was trying to be a leader by playing hurt”
  1. seabrawk12 says: Apr 20, 2017 11:11 AM

    Worked out great for that leader RG3.

  2. conantb says: Apr 20, 2017 11:13 AM

    Here come the haters!!
    No matter how much you hate him or think he’s selfish, he’s been a great addition to the Panthers. I had my doubts when he was drafted, but, considering what he has done for the team and the community, I’m glad he’s here!

    Keep pounding!

  3. peytonwantsaflag says: Apr 20, 2017 11:13 AM

    Whatever – it’s been 2 years since the best season he will ever have and I can say this with confidence as it is what everyone always brings up.

    Cam will always be remembered for being a camera hogging prima donna that refused to dive on a fumble in the Superbowl.

  4. RegisHawk says: Apr 20, 2017 11:14 AM

    Yeah, sure…there’s always some explanation as to why we should consider him a hero.

  5. naderktait says: Apr 20, 2017 11:14 AM

    Not really sure why we interview athletes sometimes.

  6. idiedpretty says: Apr 20, 2017 11:18 AM

    LEADERS jump on a loose ball laying at their feet. Cam plays not tO get hurt!

  7. jag1959 says: Apr 20, 2017 11:19 AM

    A real leader dives on loose balls

  8. stipez says: Apr 20, 2017 11:22 AM

    “I didn’t dive because of the way my leg was” is what he said. Go hurricanes! The hockey team not the natural disaster.

  9. 6250claimer says: Apr 20, 2017 11:22 AM

    So much natural talent, but so little humility or intelligence. Panthers will blow again this year.

  10. finocc82 says: Apr 20, 2017 11:26 AM

    Hey Cam: Real leaders risk injury to dive onto fumbles during Super Bowls…

  11. theandy59 says: Apr 20, 2017 11:27 AM

    This is wrong on so many levels, it’s hard to know where to begin. Why was this his choice to begin with? With the season hopelessly lost, management should have stepped in and shut him down with an eye toward the next season. Totally misplaced bravado. They could have used some of that in Super Bowl 50.

  12. intrafinesse says: Apr 20, 2017 11:31 AM

    >>>Cam Newton was trying to be a leader by playing hurt

    How about trying to be a leader by trying to recover your own fumble during the Super Bowl?

  13. silvernblacksabbath says: Apr 20, 2017 11:32 AM

    I’ll always remember Cam for his Superman celebration vs the GIANTS. Carolina was down 35-7 I believe. lol

  14. silvernblacksabbath says: Apr 20, 2017 11:33 AM

    ^^^^ and his hideous wardrobe.. ^^^^

  15. tjm7311 says: Apr 20, 2017 11:33 AM

    Better than the leadership Rivera showed. Benching Cam for one play and having Derek Anderson throw a pick was a fireable offense.

  16. harrisonhits2 says: Apr 20, 2017 11:33 AM

    I I I Me Me Me

    Yet “Superman” was too cowardly and didn’t have enough pride to go after his own fumble at a crucial moment of the Super Bowl.

    Doubt the Panthers will ever make it back to the big game with Newton as QB

  17. seatownballers says: Apr 20, 2017 11:35 AM

    Playing hurt? Why didn’t he jump on the ball in his biggest game then?

  18. myspaceyourface says: Apr 20, 2017 11:36 AM

    TURD ALERT!!!

  19. intrafinesse says: Apr 20, 2017 11:37 AM

    >>>conantb says:
    Apr 20, 2017 11:13 AM
    Here come the haters!!
    No matter how much you hate him or think he’s selfish, he’s been a great addition to the Panthers. I had my doubts when he was drafted, but, considering what he has done for the team and the community, I’m glad he’s here!

    ——————————————————

    Prior to Cams MVP season he really wasn’t that good a QB.
    He had expectations because he was the #1 overall, just like Sam Bradford. If Cam (and Sam) was the 15th pick, he’d have far less acclaim. After his MVP season, he reverted and wasn’t that good. Not bad just not good.

    Given that it’s hard to find an average QB these days, I’d rather have Cam than .. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Jay Cutler, and QBs like that. But he’s also making a lot of money and is he really carrying the team? The Panthers should be happy to have him, but they would be still happier with several other QBs.

    If Cam Newton was the #15 pick, he’d be considered a decent QB, but aside from his MVP a couple of years ago, he wouldn’t be thought of as a great QB. Let him take the Panthers deep into the playoffs and we’ll talk again.

  20. medialovesthecowboys says: Apr 20, 2017 11:38 AM

    The hate on Cam, man.
    Wow.

  21. nhpats says: Apr 20, 2017 11:39 AM

    Dude should have been a leader and jumped on that fumble….

  22. jeyeeteesjetsjetsjets says: Apr 20, 2017 11:39 AM

    This narrative of Cam somehow being soft for not diving on a ball one time in a split second decision is so stupid. He is a QB who may retire with 75+ RUSHING td’s. He has dived head first into and even over dog piles since he was in college. He also continued to play with reckless abandon after getting his $100M contract. You can call him a diva or an attention seeker sure, but soft? On the field, he seldom puts his self preservation over moving the ball. That argument is just plain dumb.

  23. tonyzendejas says: Apr 20, 2017 11:42 AM

    “I sacrificed my body and potentially jeopardized my future so my teammates would view me as the leader of our 4-and-9 team.”

    When he’s done with football, he can probably get a job on the MENSA executive leadership board.

  24. hukdeep says: Apr 20, 2017 11:44 AM

    Yeah, he ain’t too smart….

    #SCAM

  25. absolutevisuals says: Apr 20, 2017 11:44 AM

    It’s an athlete thing but sometimes you have to learn to sit down. At 25 I’ve learned that with injures catching up and I don’t have the money they have to afford surgeries.

  26. joetoronto says: Apr 20, 2017 11:53 AM

    He actually thinks he’s fooling people when he says stupid things like this, because he doesn’t realize most people are much smarter than him.

  27. dal1as says: Apr 20, 2017 11:55 AM

    LOL, lets find the excuses for Cam. Nevermind he is a baby when he loses and sits on the sidelines away from his teammates with a towel over his head. Then acts like a child in postgame press conferences. That’s acting like a leader.

  28. jagmankane says: Apr 20, 2017 11:55 AM

    Terrible season, ride out injury… Good leadership.
    Superbowl, fumble, no dive… business decision.

    And the pouting is always there, except during the season on that magical run.

    He’s a talented player. A good QB. But he’s kind of a whiny lil beesh.
    He hides his “me” attitude way better than RGme…

    But Cam is who he is. Still better than 20 QBs starting now, so ride him til his wheels fall off.

  29. bubbybrister/shovelpass says: Apr 20, 2017 11:59 AM

    This reminds me of when Favre played hurt during his one season with the Jets. They were 8-3 before the injury, but his precious games-played streak wouldn’t allow him, or his ego, to sit. Jets missed the playoffs, and Jenn Sturgis got a text message.

  30. frankstoeknife says: Apr 20, 2017 12:14 PM

    He’s already a leader on the field and a remarkable physical specimen on the field. And off the field he’s a leader as well if you haven’t seen him visiting children in the hospital head over to YouTube and get some tissues ready.

    The only legit knock is his poor judgment in the Superbowl watching the turnover and not diving in. It’s unlikely that would be changed the outcome of that game but it was a hugely visible moment some will unfairly choose to define him.

  31. saints737 says: Apr 20, 2017 12:20 PM

    Maybe he should be a little less worried about Coachella and more about becoming a better passer.

    Just my 2 cents

  32. nhpats says: Apr 20, 2017 1:01 PM

    frankstoeknife says:
    Apr 20, 2017 12:14 PM
    He’s already a leader on the field and a remarkable physical specimen on the field. And off the field he’s a leader as well if you haven’t seen him visiting children in the hospital head over to YouTube and get some tissues ready.

    The only legit knock is his poor judgment in the Superbowl watching the turnover and not diving in. It’s unlikely that would be changed the outcome of that game but it was a hugely visible moment some will unfairly choose to define him.

    ——————–

    Actually, watching him ham it up when his team is beating up on a lesser opponent whilst pouting when losing is what defines him….

  33. clt2 says: Apr 20, 2017 1:24 PM

    But…”fumble, something, something, dive…something, something, fumble. ”

    That about cover it everybody?

  34. pantherfan4life says: Apr 20, 2017 1:29 PM

    Wow so much hate…..The guys has some growing up to do but he has done so much good in the Charlotte area that all you can do spew your hate.

    Looks like the haters are the ones that need to grow up. I am thankful that Cam is on my team.

  35. trollaikman8 says: Apr 20, 2017 2:20 PM

    Team leader qualities:

    Sulks on the bench
    Pouts like a child
    Crashing trucks
    Stealing laptops
    Not diving on fumble

    Well, he hasn’t been arrested, so he’s got that going for him.

  36. nhpats says: Apr 20, 2017 2:46 PM

    pantherfan4life says:
    Apr 20, 2017 1:29 PM
    Wow so much hate…..The guys has some growing up to do but he has done so much good in the Charlotte area that all you can do spew your hate.

    Looks like the haters are the ones that need to grow up. I am thankful that Cam is on my team.

    ——————

    Fans of other teams are thankful Cam is on your team as well…..

  37. michaelwycklendt says: Apr 20, 2017 2:50 PM

    Oh yeah,

    and it was ridiculously classless to see Newton front and center during his MVP season dabbing with his teammates for a photo before the game was actually over. That was pathetic.

  38. thatneuneu says: Apr 20, 2017 3:08 PM

    All the Cam hate….folks I encourage you to figure out which “ism ” is the source for it, but chances are you’re just disappointed in your own lives and need to fill the gaps between clinging to religion and guns. But any who. Cam, there is playing hurt and them there is playing injured. We don’t play injured.

  39. dregonspengler says: Apr 20, 2017 4:17 PM

    pantherfan4life says:
    Looks like the haters are the ones that need to grow up. I am thankful that Cam is on my team.

    Yes, I have no doubt you are thankful Cam is on your team.
    And if he were the exact same guy he is today, and had behaved exactly as he has for the past several seasons, while wearing the colors of another NFL team, you’d think as little of him as most of the rest of us do.
    I know it, you know it, and so does just about everyone else here.

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