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May 23, 2011

Newton sings, D-Will grunts

You're hungry for football.

There is no football.

There is labor discord and a lockout now in its 11th week.

So take a break from updates from the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis and check out Cam Newton covering Justin Bieber.

The video comes from the Panini football card photo shoot, which Newton attended during a break in his training at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., with former NFL QBs Chris Weinke and Ken Dorsey.

Panthers center Ryan Kalil should have some fun with this footage.

Newton might never reach "icon and entertainer" status. But it's clear he is a natural performer who is not afraid having some fun (and there's a certain humility required to sing along with Justin Bieber).

Incidentally, a Google search for Bieber yielded 297 million results; Googling Newton resulted in 5.46 million results. It will take time -- and victories -- to become an entertainer and icon.


Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams and rookie OL Lee Ziemba are among 21 NFL players participating in a new mobile application called Gridiron Grunts.

The app, available free in the App Store for iPhone, iPad or iPod, is sort of a spoken word version of Twitter. Fans subscribe to a player's channel -- at an introductory rate of 99 cents a month per channel -- and receive real-time verbal updates, aka 'grunts.'

A press release from the company, founded by ex-Tampa Bay Buccaneers teammates Ryan Nece and Jeb Terry (who played at UNC), the grunts are "unfiltered, authentic" musings from players offering behind-the-scenes snippets during the season (assuming there is one) and offseason.

Other grunters besides the Panthers' duo include Philip Rivers, Chris Johnson, Julio Jones, Charlotte native Mohamed Massaquoi, Jason Witten, Sean Witherspoon, Barrett Ruud and Christian Ponder.

The channel subscription is handled through iTunes; an Android-based app is expected this fall.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on May 23, 2011 at 06:51 PM | Permalink




Posted by: NUMBER 1 CAM FAN | May 23, 2011 10:15:45 PM

Bunch of unemployed clowns. Owners will squeeze these idiots dry and show who is boss.
Give the union retards 24 hrs to sign up or get cut and begin signing new players.
Ban the scab union. Give players 24 hrs to sign up or get cut. Owners in full control now.
Newton proving an even bigger joke. Too late for Canada and 2011 officially wasted. Meanwhile a real QB named Luck proves his superior IQ and will play in 2011 and could have a NCAA title, Heisman plus his degree.

Dumb Panthers prove a loser in all ways.

Posted by: jerry curl | May 24, 2011 7:22:21 AM

I can see this year is gonna suck...Boy those players are sure missin' football!..You wanna bet they come to a deal AFTER the training camp deadline passes!..injuries and stupid missed playcalls...yea!...Cam better learn the plays instead of Bieber bop!

Posted by: Soulja Boi | May 24, 2011 11:14:07 AM

Don't worry we have cue cards like Bieber!

Posted by: Nick Saban | May 24, 2011 11:15:38 AM

The players are the league. They will prevail as they should. The owners are greedy scum. Let them try to pay those loans without the game. They will fold like a chair.

Posted by: D Merritt | May 24, 2011 12:26:13 PM

Hey number 1 panther fan: GET A LIFE! Newton is just a kid. working hard and having fun.Hey dude. It aint that serious.

Posted by: tarhellkenneth | May 24, 2011 3:17:59 PM

First the QB in New England grows his hair like him. Now the new QB in Carolina is singing his songs.

Soemeone please explain the NFL group-man crush on this boy Bieber!

Posted by: J | May 24, 2011 4:43:00 PM

@ D Merriitt
The owners are a bunch of greedy awipes but the players are outrageously overpaid. Rookies especially. The average working man fan cant afford to go see a game live. It's a team sport and everyone on the team should make the same base pay based on seniority. 500,000 thousand a year to start and top pay 5,000,000 a year increasing by 500,000 each season. Half that for the practice squad. Double pay for playoff games and triple for the Superbowl. That's more than enough for playing a game and other sports should have a similar pay scale. The top players can get their "real" money from endorsements.

Posted by: moondown1 | May 24, 2011 4:48:44 PM

@J--As long as Carolina's QB brings 3 championships as did New England's QB. Carolina's QB can sing what ever he likes!!!! GO PANTHERS!

Posted by: PanthersFan | May 24, 2011 5:52:06 PM

What are the chances we draft 1st again in 2012?Do we take Luck so we have the best three QB's

Posted by: doa1 | May 24, 2011 6:07:15 PM

Jerry Curl... Your predictions are about worn out as the hairstyle your bogus Screen name. Anger Management is down the hall to the right.. Please check in. Your seat is in the front row.

Posted by: David R | May 25, 2011 3:39:45 AM

Its over for 2011. Kiss it good-bye thanks to the greedy union pigs who are 100% to blame trying to extort billions more out of the masses and cause even higher gas clothing food etc prices.

Not to late for CNewton to enroll back at Auburn and play his senior yr. The bad part is all the good players graduated so it would look bad if the Tigers had a mediocre SEC season. That would suck and show the real CN. It would however be interesting.

Posted by: dave reece | May 25, 2011 7:56:59 AM

D.MERRIT ...you are dilusional the owners billionairs they can hold out until Peyton Manning starves...NO player union in ANY sport has ever won vs there owners...on 6/6 you will find out they have LOST again. The same court will rule for the owners like they just did...Do you listen to news or just look at the pictures?

Posted by: Nick Saban | May 25, 2011 12:19:24 PM

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