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December 14, 2011

Cam Newton gives opponents something to chew on

As the Panthers prepare to face a Houston team on its third quarterback of the season, Cam Newton just keeps chugging – and chewing – along.

The Panthers' heralded rookie has taken every offensive snap through the first 13 games this season – a total of 839 plays.

“Let's just say I'm lucky, blessed to have my limbs intact, healthy. Nicks and bruises are going to come, that's a part of the game,” Newton said. “I'm still able to put my hands up under the center, take the snap, make reads and play football.”

Besides luck, Newton has his 6-5, 248-pound frame to help absorb hits. There have been countless times this season when Newton has bounced off tackle and sack attempts of defensive linemen and linebackers not much bigger than he is.

Newton took a shot to the mouth last week against Atlanta and was examined between series. Like many quarterbacks, Newton does not wear a mouthpiece.

“During the game you get cottonmouth, I almost choke to death. So I need some type of flavor throughout the game because the human element just takes over and you can't get water out there on the field,” Newton said. “So you need some type of taste or flavor in your mouth.”

Newton, who chews gum during games, said someone told him recently that chewing gum actually can help prevent concussions by cushioning the teeth and keeping them from clamping down on each other.

What's Newton flavor of choice?

Wrigley's Winterfresh.

“That's like an advertisement, right there,” said Newton. And then he smiled.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on December 14, 2011 at 03:38 PM | Permalink


Chewing gum can actually help prevent concussions by cushioning the teeth??

So can a mouthpiece, and even better in fact.

Posted by: ScottNC1 | Dec 14, 2011 4:15:31 PM

@ ScottNC1

Yeah, but it's harder to call out assignments and audibles with a mouthpiece. That's why you see a guy like Matthew Stafford having to pull his mouthpiece off his facemask almost every play.

He'll be fine.

Posted by: Jason Richards | Dec 14, 2011 4:23:14 PM

he used to eat twizzlers when he played at Blinn college when i was down there. it was awesome.

Posted by: Ace Juniper | Dec 14, 2011 4:40:51 PM

Hope he doesnt choke on his gum after a big hit. Yikes!!!!!

Posted by: Demisfit2000 | Dec 14, 2011 5:28:28 PM

The old dudes like Red Man and the young dudes like Big League chew. That's right! Laugh all you want , it's true.

Posted by: spanky | Dec 14, 2011 7:46:39 PM

Please don't put Stafford in the same category as Scam....Stafford is a better athlete and a better person!!!

Posted by: Tammy | Dec 14, 2011 11:59:06 PM

Spanky, Stafford a better athlete and better person? Please stop whatever you re doing and check yourself into a mental health facility asap. They may be able to save what few mental capacities you have. Hurry up and get there now!

Posted by: Tc | Dec 15, 2011 8:32:42 AM

hey tammy go somewhere else and troll the boards with anti hate somewhere else..

Posted by: panthernation74 | Dec 15, 2011 2:01:49 PM

@spanky....why bother posting how you dislike Newton on this tread? If you're into the lions that's fine, go find a detroit tread and post your stafford crush on there. Go Panthers!!

Posted by: DavidK | Dec 17, 2011 6:59:37 AM

Hey spanky! Dont be a hater. Cam is awesome and people like you just cant handle that. Why dont you get a life!

Posted by: lynn | Dec 17, 2011 12:48:12 PM

I love u cam wht's up dude u my favriot football player I follow u

Posted by: Jacob | Dec 13, 2012 10:01:06 PM

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