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DeShone Kizer: I have Tom Brady’s brain in Cam Newton’s body

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Former Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer is certainly not lacking for confidence.

Kizer told Tom Pelissero of USA Today that he believes he has a combination of Tom Brady’s brain and Cam Newton’s body and can put that together into one package that can be the best quarterback in NFL history.

“Name a college quarterback who goes into the game-plan meetings on Monday and throws his notes at the coaches,” Kizer said. “No one else game plans the way I do. No one else prepares the way I do. No one else knows football the way I do. No one else is as big as I am. No one else is as powerful a runner as I am. Pat Mahomes might throw the ball 80 yards and I can only throw the ball 72, but I guarantee he can’t throw an out route the way I can. No one else can do what I can do. And I’ve truly figured out in this process, if I can maximize all my potential in every aspect of the game – this is bold – I do have the ability to be the greatest quarterback to ever play. Imagine taking Brady’s intellect and Brady’s preparation and putting it on a guy with Cam Newton’s body. Why can’t I be the greatest? The only thing stopping me from it is me. That’s what’s driving me now.”

Whether Kizer actually has the same mind for football as Brady would be difficult to measure, but he doesn’t have Newton’s body: Kizer is shorter than Newton, lighter than Newton and did worse than Newton on every test of speed and agility at the Scouting Combine.

NFL teams like players with confidence, but Kizer’s confidence may come across as arrogance to some NFL teams. If there’s a case of a player taking his confidence too far, this may be it.

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103 Responses to “DeShone Kizer: I have Tom Brady’s brain in Cam Newton’s body”
  1. RussianBreadMaker says: Apr 20, 2017 4:38 PM

    More like a college kid’s brain in Josh Freeman’s body.

  2. trollaikman8 says: Apr 20, 2017 4:38 PM

    Quincy Carter?

  3. niners816 says: Apr 20, 2017 4:38 PM

    But do you dive for fumbles?

  4. joeychittwood says: Apr 20, 2017 4:38 PM

    The fact he would even contemplate saying something like that proves he isnt close to having Bradys brain…. he’s closer to the Jay Cutler model of “million dollar arm with a 10cent brain”

  5. josh1973sun says: Apr 20, 2017 4:39 PM


    I needed that laugh.

  6. soccersissy says: Apr 20, 2017 4:39 PM

    Better than Arnold Schwarzeneggers brain in Albert Einsteins body.

  7. idiedpretty says: Apr 20, 2017 4:40 PM


  8. Captain Punchballs says: Apr 20, 2017 4:42 PM

    Can you imagine vice versa? Utterly atrocious.

  9. tjacks7 says: Apr 20, 2017 4:42 PM

    Whether Kizer actually has the same mind for football as Brady would be difficult to measure, but he doesn’t have Newton’s body: Kizer is shorter than Newton, lighter than Newton and did worse than Newton on every test of speed and agility at the Scouting Combine.

    The fact that he wasn’t smart enough to realize he has nowhere near Cam Newton’s althetic ability leads me to believe he has nowhere near Tom Brady’s brain.

  10. pooflingingmonkey says: Apr 20, 2017 4:42 PM

    We couldn’t agree more! He’s going to be fantastic!


    Ron Pawlus, Brady Quinn, Jimmy Clausen and Rick Mirer

  11. omegalh says: Apr 20, 2017 4:43 PM

    And Jeff George’s false confidence.

  12. truninerfan49 says: Apr 20, 2017 4:43 PM

    The browns are nuts to pass on him if that’s the case

  13. wib22 says: Apr 20, 2017 4:44 PM

    So he is a copious cheater?

  14. herephishyphishy says: Apr 20, 2017 4:44 PM

    “but I guarantee he can’t throw an out route the way I can”

    So you have Brock Osweiler’s skill set?

  15. audio2sell says: Apr 20, 2017 4:44 PM

    Well you can say he lacks total self-awareness.

  16. royalitalianarmy says: Apr 20, 2017 4:46 PM

    One day, hopefully soon in the future “diversity” will not be a attribute for making you a good quarterback, this guy couldn’t beat Navy.

  17. jags239 says: Apr 20, 2017 4:47 PM

    Welp, you just dropped from 4-5 round to completely off my board. Way overhyped and apparently dumb as a box of rocks.

  18. patriots123456 says: Apr 20, 2017 4:47 PM

    Well whoever drafts him will be able to fire the coach and offensive coordinator, he’s so smart… lol

  19. briandorry55 says: Apr 20, 2017 4:48 PM

    Reminds me very much of Josh Freeman as a prospect.

  20. dickshotdogs says: Apr 20, 2017 4:49 PM

    Humility, alive and well.

  21. goooooobrowns says: Apr 20, 2017 4:49 PM

    With like Brad Pitt’s good looks and mother Teresa’s humility.

  22. uncommon1 says: Apr 20, 2017 4:49 PM

    And Adrian Peterson’s self-awareness

  23. KCFinfan says: Apr 20, 2017 4:50 PM

    finalist for worst quote of the year.

  24. kcflake says: Apr 20, 2017 4:50 PM

    I like the confidence.

  25. donbat67 says: Apr 20, 2017 4:51 PM

    Is everybody stoned today ?

  26. nothinbutathang says: Apr 20, 2017 4:52 PM

    More like Jamarcus Russell Jr. !

  27. milkmandanimal says: Apr 20, 2017 4:53 PM

    Oh God Deshone Kizer is a monster RIP Tom and Cam NEVER FORGET

  28. nookers says: Apr 20, 2017 4:56 PM

    Its probably not the best comparison when talking about a 5-time Superbowl Champion. You should probably win one first before making that comparison.

  29. baddegg says: Apr 20, 2017 4:57 PM

    Well were off to see the Wizard I guess

  30. irishgary says: Apr 20, 2017 4:58 PM

    royalitalianarmy says:
    Apr 20, 2017 4:46 PM

    One day, hopefully soon in the future “diversity” will not be a attribute for making you a good quarterback, this guy couldn’t beat Navy

    At the time Navy was ranked and their QB worth was on fire. Kizer had a good game, it was the Irish defense that let Worth run wild.

    Maybe a little research before such a foolish post.

    Given time Kizer will be a good NFL QB, He can throw the deep ball better than any other eligible pick

  31. mosesthejuggernaut says: Apr 20, 2017 4:58 PM

    This kid sounds like Kim Jong-Un.

  32. waynefontesismyfather says: Apr 20, 2017 4:59 PM

    Everything comes in “threes” right? AH smokes something crazy, hangs himself. Bills Tackle smokes something crazy, ends up naked asking to be shot. Kizer smokes something crazy and ends up saying something laughable like this.

    Lord help whatever fan base drafts this guy!

  33. jag1959 says: Apr 20, 2017 5:00 PM

    ‘Kizer’s confidence may come across as arrogance to some NFL teams.’

    And pretty much all NFL fans except Dallas where braggadocio is considered a birthright. And they aren’t looking for a QB since they have assured us they know they got the 2nd coming of Staubach and Aikman rolled into one in the 4th round last year.

  34. jakasssayswhat says: Apr 20, 2017 5:01 PM

    I like his confidence but it’s misguided. All that talent added up to 4-8 in 2016 with no significant wins. And he played terribly in the rain against NC State (which has to concern you if your team does not play in a dome).
    He’s got all the tools and clearly isn’t lacking in confidence, but in his case, it seems that the whole is less than the sum of its parts.
    It probably won’t mean anything; however. Some QB desperate team will take him in the 1st round and proceed to regret that decision.
    Still, I hope he proves me wrong.

  35. nestrongsafety says: Apr 20, 2017 5:02 PM

    Does not sound like he is coachable. He needs to be taken down a couple of notches if he wants to succeed in the NFL

  36. maust1013 says: Apr 20, 2017 5:04 PM

    And this isn’t even the most ridiculous thing fans have heard today. Yep, it’s 4/20 alright.

  37. azkailua says: Apr 20, 2017 5:06 PM

    You see the problem with you making the best out route throw, is that the play was for an in route. I watched him play and he’s not accurate for the most part. Only time will tell on all QB’s.

  38. schmitty2 says: Apr 20, 2017 5:07 PM

    I can’t wait to see Gruden get ahold of him in QB camp.

  39. a1b24312 says: Apr 20, 2017 5:10 PM

    Well, they have been teaching false expectations at Notre Dame for years now…

  40. ravensbob says: Apr 20, 2017 5:11 PM

    Ravens should jump if he’s there. He just had to get away from the idiot b. Kelly at ND. He will be a star.

  41. seven7cg says: Apr 20, 2017 5:11 PM

    Well….using your name in association with Tom Brady should immediately get you a Time-Out son. The only thing you have close to Cam Newton is a glowing self image that glares with being conceded, selfish, and immature. I hope you get drafted in the 6th Round…placed on the practice squad, then waived the next year. Bad Karma boy!

  42. bworacle says: Apr 20, 2017 5:13 PM

    You rarely see Brady folding under pressure…unlike Kizer

  43. whatjusthapped says: Apr 20, 2017 5:13 PM

    I’ve seen the kid in person more than a few times and never once did I think to myself that he had any future in the NFL much less as a high draft pick. He isn’t very accurate with his throws and although he has good size and speed, we have all seen that combination just doesn’t mean much in the NFL (see RGIII, Vince Young among others).

    I could see him going in the 6th or 7th round as a project but based on what he just said, I would take him off the board for mental illness problems. All that being said, Rick Spielman will take him in the first round. Oh, strike that, the Vikings don’t have a 1st rounder any more.

  44. oscarxray says: Apr 20, 2017 5:29 PM

    I think his positive comments in that one interview mean he will be drafted at or before #13. Most of the QB needy teams are just looking for that last reason to pull the trigger and I think he’s punched his ticket.

  45. MichaelEdits says: Apr 20, 2017 5:35 PM

    It sounds like the second coming of Jimmy Clausen.

  46. sportoficionado says: Apr 20, 2017 5:42 PM

    always give the kid a chance before you tear him down that being said, however, he has a lot of work to do to live up to those words.

  47. dawoger says: Apr 20, 2017 5:44 PM

    He’s the perfect QB for minisoda, he’s already deluded!

  48. bensstinkyfingers says: Apr 20, 2017 5:47 PM

    Sounds to me like a kid lobbying to get picked in the first round, instead of the second where he will likely land. Great confidence on his part. Unfortunately, the great ones usually let their actual play on the field do the talking, instead of having to tell everyone how good they are.

  49. chargerdillon says: Apr 20, 2017 5:49 PM

    He’s like Shake and Bake at the same time!




  50. I prefer my Crush to be Orange says: Apr 20, 2017 5:50 PM

    College kids…. always think they know everything. If he tailed Brady or Peyton for a day he’d find out what preparation really is. I’d love to see him throw his notes at Belichick and see what happens!

  51. cosmicconvoy says: Apr 20, 2017 5:50 PM

    Translation: Kizer should stay in school

  52. whybotherifeverythinggetscensored says: Apr 20, 2017 5:58 PM

    Whose ego did he get though? YUCK!

  53. internetcommenter7 says: Apr 20, 2017 5:59 PM

    Wow. Even more delusional than he is overrated. Truly did not think that was possible.

  54. saveusterrelldavis says: Apr 20, 2017 6:01 PM

    I have Peyton mannings forehead and Aaron Rodgers tight end

  55. realfootballfan says: Apr 20, 2017 6:06 PM

    Probably why he’s fallen out of the first round along with his tape since he scares me since he doesn’t do anything well. The last guy who went into the draft allegedly talking crazy like this was ironically Newton’s predecessor, Jimmy Claussen. We see how that worked out.

  56. RE LEE says: Apr 20, 2017 6:12 PM

    He seems to have a mouth as big as Myles Garrett’s.

  57. QB Film Room says: Apr 20, 2017 6:16 PM

    I can see why Brian Kelly liked this guy..

  58. richardshermanhaschickenlegs says: Apr 20, 2017 6:18 PM

    But can he run like Peyton Manning? They you’d have something!

  59. QB Film Room says: Apr 20, 2017 6:19 PM

    Last ditch effort by him to make an extra 3-4 million gauranteed by going in top 25 or so

  60. jchemengr says: Apr 20, 2017 6:22 PM

    That he has any self confidence after playing for Brian Kelly is remarkable. That he has this much confidence is awesome.

  61. jg2040 says: Apr 20, 2017 6:22 PM

    Tom Brady’s brain would never make this statement.

  62. howiehandles says: Apr 20, 2017 6:31 PM

    “Given time Kizer will be a good NFL QB, He can throw the deep ball better than any other eligible pick”


    Unfortunately, that ability has little to do with predicting success as a starter.

    Kizer’s so good even his coach said he’s not ready, whereas Clemson’s coach is comparing Watson to MJ.

  63. czello says: Apr 20, 2017 6:35 PM

    That’s weird, what did you do with Brady’s body?

  64. scmems07 says: Apr 20, 2017 6:37 PM

    Well in that case, maybe he’ll go in the mid rounds. Would be a surefire 1st rd pick if he had Peyton Mannings brains and Newton’s body.

    Let’s just hope he doesn’t have Newton’s arm as well or he’ll be throwing the ball 3 yards over his 6’5 receivers heads too.

  65. alaskazz says: Apr 20, 2017 6:41 PM

    very embarrassing

  66. graylingskies says: Apr 20, 2017 6:46 PM

    Guess that’s better than Newton’s brain in Brady’s body. His agent must be absolutely thrilled with this pearl of wisdom coming from his client a week before the draft. I hope for the kid’s sake he was joking around.

  67. snake11s says: Apr 20, 2017 6:49 PM

    I don’t understand why he has to tell everyone how passionate and athletic he thinks he is. I would think all the scouts and coaches would have noticed by now.

  68. edelmanfanclub says: Apr 20, 2017 6:57 PM

    The scouts, coaches, GMs, fans will evaluate you. We dont need to hear your skill set from yourself. We’ll watch and take notes for ourselves, you do what you have to do.

  69. sidepull says: Apr 20, 2017 7:15 PM

    Rg3 thought he was Tom and Aaron. NFL defenders have a way of helping these kids get a reality check. Let’s see him back it up.

  70. vikingjack73 says: Apr 20, 2017 7:15 PM

    He apparently also has Cam’s arrogance
    Johnny Maziel’s level of delusion
    And Ryan Leaf’s level of maturity

    Just shut up & let your playing show people how good you are!
    Not your big mouth!

  71. sidelinecameraman says: Apr 20, 2017 7:15 PM

    30 For 30 over rated quarterbacks featuring Johnny Manziel, Tim Tebow and this guy with a cameo by Mark Sanchez.

  72. tooz56 says: Apr 20, 2017 7:20 PM


  73. questionableopinion says: Apr 20, 2017 7:29 PM

    He has Johnny Manziel’s self-awareness.

  74. pancaketaco says: Apr 20, 2017 7:43 PM

    Might have Cam’s body but doesn’t have his National Championship.

  75. 1phillyphan says: Apr 20, 2017 7:48 PM

    I think he meant Cam Newtons’s brain and Tom Brady body…

  76. toldlikeitis says: Apr 20, 2017 8:06 PM

    I saw enough of ND play this year to know this guy is not going to be anything good. Terrible decision making and lack of awareness. He was benched during the season as well.

  77. omeimontis says: Apr 20, 2017 8:10 PM

    He is lucky if he is drafted at all. Probably will be signed as an undrafted rookie.

  78. brownsclown says: Apr 20, 2017 8:27 PM

    Tom Brady’s brain! Cam Newton’s body! Brady Quinn’s accuracy! BUST!

  79. toybkshr says: Apr 20, 2017 9:09 PM

    Hasn’t played an NFL down yet!

  80. bd233 says: Apr 20, 2017 9:11 PM

    Confidence is fine if you can back it up. Let’s see what he’s got.

  81. iowalion72 says: Apr 20, 2017 9:21 PM

    As long as he doesn’t have Kap’s knee….

  82. exinsidetrader says: Apr 20, 2017 9:31 PM

    “And with the first pick the Cleveland Browns take….”

  83. cma1973 says: Apr 20, 2017 9:41 PM

    Take it easy bud, one of those guys isn’t a 5 time champ.

  84. alaric411 says: Apr 20, 2017 9:43 PM

    Maybe he’s talking about the customized player he made for himself on Madden Football.

  85. tigershark0052 says: Apr 20, 2017 10:17 PM

    Red flags all over this guy!

  86. wahoo21 says: Apr 20, 2017 10:48 PM

    Yup….throw your game plan notes at the coach.

    This guy makes Geno Smith look smart

  87. tekoamt says: Apr 21, 2017 12:20 AM

    Jeeez! Even the Mexican reporter stopped at helmets and jerseys from the Super Bowl! This kid took Cam’s body and Tommy’s brain? Is NO ONE watching the locker rooms at the Super Bowl? Seriously–this guy decapitated two starting quarterbacks and, never mind stopping him, no uneven noticed? I mean, I know everyone hates Brady, but still! Come on, NFL Security! You need to STEP IT UP!

  88. norsehorse88 says: Apr 21, 2017 12:21 AM

    The only thing holding him back is reality.

  89. bullcharger says: Apr 21, 2017 2:22 AM

    Maybe see if you are good enough to make a roster first.

  90. A Reader says: Apr 21, 2017 7:01 AM

    If he had Brady’s brain, he’d know to keep his mouth shut and let his play do the talking.

  91. viffty says: Apr 21, 2017 7:05 AM

    I get it, so he’s a cheating, whining poor sport. Sounds about right.

  92. manderson4150 says: Apr 21, 2017 7:09 AM

    How come you didn’t play like it……

  93. afifthlombardiforthehaters says: Apr 21, 2017 7:37 AM

    Brady would have never been a sixth round pick had his brain been on display at the combine .

    Even mooch said he’d probably still be coaching had the niners known and picked him…

  94. crotchpunch says: Apr 21, 2017 10:22 AM

    Perhaps, but having that brain assumes you’d be able to use it.

  95. justmyopinioncom says: Apr 21, 2017 12:18 PM

    Dude, you ARE NOT smarter than DAK PRESCOTT!

  96. HighwayStar says: Apr 21, 2017 12:28 PM

    A lot of stories out lately about who has who’s brain.

  97. bdevil1952 says: Apr 21, 2017 3:45 PM

    I wonder what Cam Newton thinks of that comment. I mean, I’m a Patriots’ fan and I think that Cam Newton is a pretty intelligent guy. If a white QB ever made that statement it would sound a little racist. Mr. Kizer needs to pump the brakes juts a little and avoid inflammatory statements like that.

    Welcome to the league rook. Just remember, those lineman on the other side of the ball are faster and better than anything you’ve seen in college. Some of them might even think that Cam Newton is a guy who butters their bread and they don’t take kindly to a kid whose is unable to back up what his mouth says. Good luck this year, you’ll need it.

  98. vikingcheesegrater says: Apr 22, 2017 10:18 AM

    I’m not too sure I buy his comparisons to Brady and Newton, but this does show that he has the arrogance of Aaron Rodgers.

  99. plarkin88 says: Apr 22, 2017 5:10 PM

    LaVar Ball would be proud if this were his son.

  100. Shinnbone says: Apr 22, 2017 6:20 PM

    DeShone Kizer: I have Tom Brady’s brain in Cam Newton’s body.

    DeShone, with all do respect I believe you meant to say you have, Rae Carruth’s brain in Arron Hernadez’s body.

  101. humanombudsman says: Apr 23, 2017 10:52 AM

    As a Niner fan, I hope they stay as far away from this guy as possible. Watched three of his games this year, and the guy had NOTHING.
    Even if you were allowing him his extreme stretch in comments, he doesn’t have IT, the same way Drew Henson didn’t have IT.

  102. shiz1156 says: Apr 23, 2017 7:47 PM

    If that were true, Notre Dame would have been better.

  103. lordliftedme says: Apr 24, 2017 9:37 AM

    Lighten up on this kid! He may as well turn out to be the best QB in this draft. If he has high expectations of himself, good for him. I am not seeing the problem, here.

    The media manipulates these kids into selling themselves and competing against each other. In their minds, they all feel they are the best in the draft and they’re going to be the next Brady, Montana, Peterson, etc. Would you consider drafting a guy who was said he didn’t think he would make a good pro athlete?

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