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April 29, 2011

Newton: "I strive to be great"

During his visit to Charlotte three weeks ago, Cam Newton met with Panthers owner Jerry Richardson at his house.

Richardson read Newton a letter he'd received from someone asking Richardson whether Newton wanted to be great.

The Heisman Trophy winner and two-time national champion told Richardson he did. Newton said the same thing today at his introductory press conference at Bank of America Stadium.

I'm saying it right now – I'm trying to be the best,” Newton said. “I strive to be great. That also comes with knowing my role and staying in my lane.

I understand that it's not going to be something that's going to be instant, like instant grits. I would call it collard greens. You've got to let it just sit and wait. But at the same time it's going to be a fun process.”

Wearing a gray suit with a blue tie, Newton was accompanied to Charlotte by his mother and father. Cecil Newton was responsible for bringing NCAA investigators to Auburn after shopping his son to schools for as much as $200,000 when he left Blinn Junior College.

Newton said he would be moving to Charlotte on his own; his parents will remain in College Park, Ga.

Newton said he's confident he can make the transition from Auburn's spread offense to an NFL system.

Newton also said:

--He felt comfortable with Panthers QB coach Mike Shula and offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski, whose offense he said is designed to pick up yards in “chunks and bunches.”

--He received a congratulatory text message from Panthers QB Jimmy Clausen shortly after the Panthers drafted him Thursday night.

--He would like to keep the No. 2 jersey he wore at Auburn – the one that currently belongs to Clausen. “I understand right now that there's some things that are going to have to be taken care of so we'll see what we can do,” Newton said.

--He planned to jump into the playbook immediately – “as soon as possible, with all caps and exclamation point.”

After the press conference, Newton was escorted upstairs for a meeting with the team's corporate sponsors and a Q&A with radio play-by-play announcer Mick Mixon.

Then he was going to sit down with Ron Rivera and the other coaches and get that playbook that had been distributed to several veterans earlier in the day.

--Joseph Person


Posted by Observer Sports on April 29, 2011 at 01:55 PM | Permalink


I propose that Cam and Jimmy should have a contest for the #2. A 40 yard dash, or a who can throw the ball the fartherest, or something in the Octagon...

Posted by: McFootball | Apr 29, 2011 2:09:00 PM

Lights, Cameron, Action! Can't wait to see him play. Go Panthers!

Posted by: Ron Rivera | Apr 29, 2011 2:09:42 PM

Oh god were f'd until Hurney/Rivera are GONE!..and we thought Fox was bad sheesh!

Posted by: MRBernz | Apr 29, 2011 2:09:44 PM

The negativity is getting old! Get over it!

Posted by: RF | Apr 29, 2011 2:23:40 PM

MRBernz - can you be any more melodramatic?

Posted by: ecuscribe | Apr 29, 2011 2:23:56 PM

wow...just wow. grits and collard greens.

Posted by: brendan | Apr 29, 2011 2:26:00 PM

I say Cam should wear #1, since that's what he wants to be. There's probably some NFL rule against it so they can use a #1 jersey at the draft. Clausen thought about wearing 14 when he got here (his college #7 x 2). Now that Hunter Cantwell is long gone he can have it, and Cam can have #2.

I hope the injunction against the lockout holds long enough for there to be a mini-camp, get Cam signed and him deep in that playbook.

Posted by: J | Apr 29, 2011 2:27:16 PM

a little over dramatic don't you think Bernz???

Posted by: pnthrfan007 | Apr 29, 2011 2:28:00 PM

Oh good - another reason to hate the Panties...

...and Charlotte.

Posted by: CamWillFlop | Apr 29, 2011 2:30:19 PM


What a loser. I already want to boooo him.

Posted by: 1-15 her we come | Apr 29, 2011 2:30:42 PM

This is great, with the 2nd round pick the Panthers can take Bowers, what a bargain!

Oh wait...

Posted by: Chuck | Apr 29, 2011 2:34:03 PM

Good luck, Cam. You were not my first choice, but I'm eager to watch you play.

Posted by: Matt Moore | Apr 29, 2011 2:37:31 PM

Agreed, Chuck. Hope Armanti is worth it. Right now Bowers looks far more valuable than Edwards.

Posted by: GK | Apr 29, 2011 2:38:21 PM

The kid looks the part, is now acting the part and, at least in college, played the part. Give him a break. Let's see what he can do.

Posted by: Alvin Tostiger | Apr 29, 2011 2:40:47 PM

Folks..get over the pis***g on the new QB. I suppose you'd feel better about discussing how we're gonna get anything done next season with Clausen as our quarterback since we drafted "..(fill in the name).."

Cam is an unknown relative to the pro game, but NO QB is a guaranteed product coming into the NFL. Seriously, we've been beaten up enough by last year's performance, the old regime, etc. Sometimes you've just gotta wad up all the old hurt and flush it down the toilet. It's a new coach and staff, a new QB, more players coming (yes Hurney's deals still haunt us but we can't do anything about it). Time to accept that we're at the bottom and starting over. That process can also be exciting. I suggest embracing the new and look forward to watching these young players develop.

Posted by: Bassman | Apr 29, 2011 2:43:09 PM

GK, really? He's damaged goods. Maybe I'd take a flyer on him if he were there with our 4th round pick. Not hearing good things about the knee. Don't listen to the analysts.

Posted by: DaveT | Apr 29, 2011 2:44:38 PM

I'll reserve my cheers for his first touchdown. I keeping my hopes up.

Posted by: Adam | Apr 29, 2011 2:45:32 PM

He is a good athlete but sounds dumb as a brick. I am hoping he proves everyone wrong and walks over all defenses. Go panthers!

Posted by: byteAbit | Apr 29, 2011 2:47:20 PM

Need to clarify the last statement, we don't know how Armani is going to be yet. Last year was a washout for a number of reasons. Lets see if the new staff can get him on the field in some way to see if he can do anything. Bowers is falling much like Clausin last year. It's a shame he couldn't have been healthy thru this. Hopefully he can come back, it takes a while.

Posted by: DaveT | Apr 29, 2011 2:48:57 PM

Welcome to Charlotte, Mr Newton. We wish you and the Panthers the best.

Posted by: Section 553 | Apr 29, 2011 2:49:45 PM

We will see how he feels after a few sacks and all that money in the bank. But I'm willing to wait and see what he can do. Hopefully Richardson won't screw this up too.

Posted by: Peter W | Apr 29, 2011 2:51:44 PM

I like what Rivera is doing.Ill be going to games!!!!!! Go CAM!!

Posted by: travis | Apr 29, 2011 3:04:52 PM

Look he's here and this is our team.

HOWEVER The "I!!!!!" am gong to strive to be the best. "I!!!" has to stop.
I hope someone gives him a reality check real quick and then let's win.

Posted by: 10-4! | Apr 29, 2011 3:07:20 PM

Did anybody besides myself watch Clausen "play" last year? Just horrible!!!!Cam's running ability alone will create problems for opposing defenses...the upside is tremendous...at least on 3rd and 5 he wont have to chuck the ball into the stands...Go Panthers!!!!!

Posted by: viagra | Apr 29, 2011 3:08:13 PM

He suck we geta new GM and Luck so for now I will see and its seem like alot of teams seem desperate for qbs kinda funny because this qb class is really weak

Posted by: Steve Smith | Apr 29, 2011 3:09:48 PM

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