In 2020, Cam Newton learned he’s “a mentally tough SOB”

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Cam Newton received a pink slip from the Panthers on March 24. He remained on the free agent market three months before agreeing to terms on a one-year deal with the Patriots.

The Patriots have a 6-8 record in his 14 starts this season, and he has 12 rushing touchdowns and only five passing touchdowns. He will become the first primary starter since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger to finish a season with more rushing touchdowns than passing touchdowns.

But Newton learned something about himself in a trying season that included missing a game with COVID-19.

“I’m a mentally tough SOB, bruh,” Newton said Thursday, via Ryan Hannable of WEEI.

Newton, who will make just under $4 million this season, could start his final game for the Patriots on Sunday.

He is scheduled to become a free agent in March. It is unknown whether the Patriots want him back or whether he wants to return.

“The injuries, yeah, that was tough to kind of get over. The late free agency, yup, that was tough. COVID, you mentioned. And even the success, those are all ones that you kind of look back and kind of, ‘Yeah, it could have been better,'” Newton said. The one for me is my kids. It’s my children. It’s like any father, any mother who’s on this call right now to go without talking to your kids or your family. That was — that’s everything, you know what I’m saying? Because like, I’ll put it like this: And I’m being honest, right? I had two birthdays that I didn’t see. My son Chosen’s birthday was on Christmas Eve. I didn’t get to see it with him. My son Cashmere’s birthday was on Sept. 30, and I didn’t get to see that, too. Cashmere just turned 1, so that was kind of a big deal for him. Chosen just turned 5. So — and even more or less, not seeing my kids’ first steps.

“Like, all of those things. Being unemployed for 86 nights, yeah, that’s tough. Having injuries, yeah, that’s tough. Going through this season and you can kind of assume what a juggernaut media market that Boston is or Foxboro, New England, whatever you want to call it, is. The slander that comes with living up to the TB12 expectations. Yeah, all of that is tough. You hear it. None of it is even a close second to not being able to see your children. Just that. You miss your kids’ first steps. You’re not there during Christmas. You’re not there on birthdays.

“And then on top of that, you’re sucking? Ah, man. And coming from a person that’s already emotional? And I don’t even want to talk to people on a regular day let alone when everything is going good. But I’ve learned that through it all, you only got your faith in God, your faith in yourself. And that’s pretty much it. I’ve really relied on understanding of trying to find something to build off of. It didn’t matter if it was a, ‘Well, it was an incomplete.’ And you may think of it as — I don’t care what you think of it — for me, I’m being optimistic through it all, and I’ve learned to be optimistic especially through these trials and tribulations because at times during this year, it was like, ‘God. What is it? What are you doing? What are you trying to tell me? Like, what am I not doing?’ And yeah, having to wake up at certain amount of times and leaving the facilities at certain amount of times and still not having the success that you want to have, it teaches you resiliency. It teaches you patience. It teaches you to have faith and understanding that, listen, sooner or later, you’re going to get a break. I’m not looking for no handouts.

“It’s just more or less for me to just say, ‘Bruh, damn. Finally.’ Right? And 2020, man I’m about to sign, seal. I’m about to tie this year up, put a big knot on it. I can buy every single lock, key and throw away all of them. I don’t want to see no part of 2020, but it made me a better person. That, I do believe. And that’s something, being a part of this franchise is something that you just don’t wash away that stench, that aura of being a Patriot. It’s something that’s in you. Being around arguably the greatest coach of all time and looking at him from afar, because I obviously, my living method may not be as his living methods. He wears jeans and a bubble coat or Patriots gear every single day. And meanwhile I’m Polo down, Moncler down, you know what I’m saying? Meshika hat, shades. That’s just my steez. I’m like, this cold, I ain’t ever been able to wear this jacket. Boom. Wearing it. And it still teaches you different methods of being producing and having production in this league. And I’ll never forget that.”

61 responses to “In 2020, Cam Newton learned he’s “a mentally tough SOB”

  1. Sure he is. Just like when he almost jumped on that fumble in the Super Bowl. In his mind only

  2. Cam has an aura about him that makes him loved and respected by his teammates and coaches. Say what you say about Cam, he has won respect of Belichick and McDaniels. He hasn’t played well for most of the season and will more than likely part ways with Pats, but he has been a model pro.

  3. Only 5 passing tds, a great offensive line made to look dumb because of poor decisions by Cam, and a 6 and 9 season probably going to be 6 and 10. Cam is anything but mentally tough.

  4. “He is scheduled to become a free agent in March. It is unknown whether the Patriots want him back or whether he wants to return.”


    Oh, it’s known.

    Good luck at wherever or whatever the next step in life is. He carried himself well here.

  5. So summing up what he says, life is hard. Most people have to make sacrifices I guess since now he finally had to and had a little adversity now he thinks hes tough lol.

  6. The bad news is that he only threw for 34 yards against the Bills. It does take thick skin to overcome that.

    The good news is that is 30 more yards than Kaepernick had against the John Fox Chicago Bears.

  7. Does he realize how many people would gladly trade places with him? Get over yourself,Cam. You stunk it up all season and you’re still walking away with 4 million bucks.

  8. Ryan Dubose says:

    December 31, 2020 at 8:20 pm

    He also learned he is an above average hb and a terrible qb
    Well 1st off hes not an above average rb at all, 2nd I dont think hes learned anything when it comes to assessing his qb skills. He likely still thinks hes an mvp type qb

  9. The Patriots didn’t have any real stand out players on the offensive line and the whole team needs to be rebuilt but they have the cap space (more then any other team) to rebuild. He is not going to see that HUGE payday if he stays in New England but he is still worth keeping on the roster if the price is right.

  10. The Pats should bring Cam and Stiddy back and add a 3rd QB either through free agency or the draft and let the 3 QB’s compete for the job with a full training camp. 2020 was a screwed up year.

  11. The Patriots tanking does not diminish Newton. Their roster is practice squad quality. Newton will enjoy a renaissance if he gets on a team with some weapons.

  12. First time in his life where Cam wasn’t given special treatment. Mentally tough for him is not being treated like the chosen one.

  13. Cool story, being a Veteran, missing special events and Holidays is the norm… Cam is a football player that made $4M for less than 1 year, it’s hard for me to sympathize with his struggles.

  14. I learned even guys who can’t throw a football can be a starter in the NFL. I actually think I have a shot at making it

  15. He may have matured mentally since the SB fiasco but his physical skills have fallen off a Cliff so that’s a net loss for an NFL QB.

  16. This is the same guy that was lifting all those weights right before the season basically saying he was going on a revenge tour with the Patriots and everybody was going to pay for doubting him.

    Eat your humble pie and get ready for next year.

  17. I prey his next job is closer to his family and far away from the team I support! no hard feelings wish you well in your future endeavors.

  18. Ok Cam hasnt changed – he still walks in with that funny arrogant look on his face with his funny different whatever you want to call it different wardrobe. That is fine if you are on top of the world – which he was for 5 minutes in Carolina. You would think that with a little bit of humility he would tone it down a bit. But no – and he didnt put the same type of effort and performance on the field as he did with his wardrobe and demeanor off the field. E is for effort – C is just average

  19. The Pats need a total restart at QB next season. I can see a desire for SOME continuity and familiarity so keep Stid for cheap but you gotta dump Cam and Hoyer. Both are washed. Draft a kid and pick up a FUNCTIONAL vet. Coulda had Fitz, Mariota, Tannehill, among others. All of those guys are light years better than Cam and would have gotten you into the playoffs this year

  20. thetooloftools says:
    December 31, 2020 at 8:40 pm
    The Patriots didn’t have any real stand out players on the offensive line and the whole team needs to be rebuilt but they have the cap space (more then any other team) to rebuild. He is not going to see that HUGE payday if he stays in New England but he is still worth keeping on the roster if the price is right.
    I guess Joe Thuney is no longer one of the best guards in the NFL then? If the price is right? Look up the league minimum for a vet with his experience. Do you think Cam is going to mentor the next QB on passing?

  21. Cam had a much better record than several QBs this year as well as made some rushing milestones. Not bad for a washed up injured has been.

  22. You got paid backup duty QB salary and you didn’t even earn that. You will be a late practice squad QB signing next year.

  23. The Pats showed no confidence in Stidham. That is going to cost them when they look for a new QB in free agency.

  24. He thinks he learned that and we all know we now have learned Cam is one self-absorbed, delusional dude, right bru!

  25. The Saints are stacked at QB, but maybe Payton can put him on the practice squad. Rehabilitated Brees’ career, Bridgewater’s career, gave Taysom Hill a career, working with Jamis…might as well add Cam to the stack.

  26. God, maybe your image focus is not football focus
    maybe that has to do with not being able to throw 10 yds

  27. Being unemployed for 86 days after you have earned $122 million is not a sign of toughness.
    Mentally tough?
    That’s unemployed people who aren’t rich trying to raise a family?

  28. Cam of this year reminds me of a boxer that has hung around too long. You see glimpses of the skills that made him a competitor, but the body and mind just can’t do it anymore. He is done as a starter and could be good in spot relief, but the dominance is no longer there.

  29. Mentally tough??? Lol. Why because you keep suiting up even though like most fans already knew, you can’t play anymore? Keep pumping up that ego, Cam.

  30. Fittingly the Jets will be throwing the last shovels of dirt onto the grave of the Patriot dynasty this Sunday at 1 o’clock (which is when all future Patriot games will be held…no more prime time for the Hoodie). In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the NFL Quarterback Relief Fund.

  31. Learning to throw with touch might extend his career. He has the physical tools, but no idea how to use them. It is sad, really, because I do think that the team likes him and that he has certainly not been a distraction outside of poor play. Does he have the greatest weapons in the NFL? No, but that is a top 5 OL and they have a good stable of backs. This is a team with a solid D. They had chances in a lot of games to win. It was usually a bad decision by Cam that cost them a win. I wish him well, but I would be shocked if he was back.

  32. SCam is delusional, paid too much, and blessed his children with goofy names. Other than that, he is a good person, though not a good QB anymore.

  33. The Pats weren’t good this year. I actually think Newton hurt them
    More than he helped them.

    Hopefully he’s not back next year, need to go in another direction, and away from Stidham too.

  34. I’d like to see Cam with a year familiarity under his belt and some receivers that can get open. Cam had 513 yards rushing this year. Tom Brady has THREE (3) yards rushing this year! Brady has talent at WR; NE had rookies and second year guys. With Eldelman hurt it was tough going. I’d like to see Newton with receivers AND 500 yards rushing. Regardless, NE needs a QB that can run when needed. Brady ain’t it. I expect the Bucs will see 3 man rushes and 8 guys in coverage, a lot. Heck, at 43m, teams can rush 2 guys.

  35. I don’t really understand the hate people have of Cam. He and the team were horrid at times this year but I came away thinking well of him as a man and a teammate. Well enough that if he wants to keep playing I would keep him on the roster as a backup at a reasonable cost. His teammates and coaches speak glowingly of him.

  36. The Pats need a clean slate. I believe BB will make them competitive again soon but not Super Bowl contenders yet. I just don’t know if BB wants to coach beyond 70 though.

  37. I don’t fault Cam for everything. It can be summarized easily by their early drive in the Bills game, trick play, toss backward to Cam, he thows to an open receiver, bounce goes the ball off the guys hand and chest. I mean, come on, it WAS PERFECT and would have gone for a TD. I watched a LOT of those this year. And missed throws too. But Cam didn’t have very much help in the receiving department. Just like TB12 last year and somewhat the last few years he was in NE.

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