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April 13, 2012

Cam Newton not fazed by Madden curse

Here's what Cam Newton knows about EA Sports' Madden NFL video game: He enjoyed playing it as a kid. As for the supposed curse that has haunted past players who graced the cover of the game, Newton didn't sound real worried.

The Panthers' quarterback, one of four semifinalists for the Madden NFL 13 cover, said he's honored to be in the running in the fan balloting. Newton is paired against San Francisco linebacker Patrick Willis in this week's semifinal round, while Aaron Rodgers and Calvin Johnson are matched up on the other side of the bracket.

Beginning in 1999 with Garrison Hearst (who broke his ankle and missed two season) and continuing through last year with Peyton Hillis (whose rushing total was cut in half), many Madden cover boys have performed poorly or been injured the following season.

But Newton said being on the cover is “what you make it.”

Of course, it would be a big goal for me – if I'm on it or I'm not, just being mentioned,” Newton added Thursday. “I always grew up playing video games and playing Madden football. So that's an accolade in itself. Just having your name mentioned in the voting, I'm happy with that.”

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on April 13, 2012 at 02:26 PM | Permalink


he's one cool cat

Posted by: slim shady | Apr 13, 2012 2:51:12 PM

There are a lot of people outside of Charlotte and Auburn, Alabama that don't like Cam and want to see the Curse on him. So of course he is going to win.

The Cam Curse, Madden 13.

Posted by: Frank | Apr 13, 2012 3:14:02 PM

ronny must not date much.. Or ive never called anyone im dating a cool cat

Posted by: steve | Apr 13, 2012 4:19:28 PM

He wins that cover get ready for a sunday or monday night game on the road week 1!

Posted by: joe cool | Apr 13, 2012 6:33:07 PM

grown ups talking about curses.

Posted by: charlottean | Apr 13, 2012 7:02:15 PM

Judging by the comments on all the recent stories about Cam and this Madden cover, I'm really beginning to think most of you are completely nuts. A curse, really? Because your photo is on the cover of a video game?? Please people get a grip.

That said, I kind of hope Cam isn't on the cover, because as shockingly good as he was last year (and I was on the Cam train before the draft), I'm worried he's getting too much recognition and accolades too fast. As good as he will probably be, he really hasn't accomplished a whole lot yet as a pro. His time will come soon enough, particularly when he starts winning some playoff games.

Posted by: Jim B. | Apr 13, 2012 8:54:16 PM

I hope Cam gets the cover of Madden. He is the future of the NFL, and be thankful he's on our team. LOTS of NFL teams would gladly trade their "franchise QB's" for Cam, truth be told. He will lead This team to a Super Bowl, and this time, the Panthers will be the ones hoisting the Lombardi Trophy. It's not hard to envision the Panthers as the "Team of the Decade" with Cam at the helm.

Posted by: Original Panther Dan | Apr 13, 2012 8:55:11 PM

It seems that Cam wants to win the cover. I hope he realizes that some people vote for him because they don't want their guy to win. Is it an honor or a dubious honor?

Posted by: Ben | Apr 13, 2012 11:14:41 PM

Curse or no curse, he seems to be set up for a second year slump.

Hope it doesn't happen, but after performing above expectations as a rookie and causing skyrocketing expectations in year 2...

Posted by: David | Apr 16, 2012 9:32:47 AM

i'd rather he get all the BS accolades out of the way early so that the only thing that concerns him the rest of the way is winning championships.

get the man every award possible and as much endorsement money as possible by year 3. what you don't want is the guy to change after he's locked into a 20 mil a year deal. If he's used to that, not as much change.

Posted by: charlottean | Apr 16, 2012 2:22:51 PM

Cam goes down as the best football layer any of us have seen.

NCAA 3000 passing
1500 rushing 52 TDs!!!

NFL Rookie
4000 passing
700 rushing
30+ TDs

This has just begun get ready Charlotte because as a football town your stock image and Lombardi total is about to sky rocket over next 7-12 years.

Posted by: Voodoo | Apr 16, 2012 8:18:00 PM

What if somebody wanted to put down serious money on Sunday afternoon football, and he or she knew about the bounty program New Orleans has made famous?

If Team B's offense is good was because of its quarterback, and you know that Team A is trying to take that quarterback out of the game, might you be tempted to invest a few bucks on Team A?

If you were connected, and close to the team, you might even offer to enhance the bounty yourself.

I'm not saying this happened. But it is feasible.

What's not feasible is a locker room full of players accustomed to being treated like royalty keeping the story private.

People talk. Ask the NFL.

That's why it's tough to believe that Drew Brees, a gracious man I've spent a little time around, knew nothing about the bounties. While the offense and defense often socialize with their own kind, Brees is a leader, the guy doing the pre-game dance in the middle of the circle. He's everybody's Saint.

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