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The Drive got a chance to talk to star quarterback Cam Newton as he and the Carolina Panthers gear up for a new season.
Approaching his second year with the Panthers, Newton is very optimistic. He acknowledges that he is improving, but believes that he still has a long way to go as a professional athlete.
“The good thing about practice is, you know, I feel like I am bouncing back from, from setbacks; the negative setbacks and going onto the next play and most importantly I’m feeling more comfortable.”
Newton reveals how he manages to successfully balance his life on and off the field.
“I have a lot of people that have been behind me, that have been behind the scenes, uh that’s, that’s backing me… starting off with parents, you know supporting cast of friends and family and on this team I feel that there are a lot of people a lot of guys that I can go to.”
Known for his humility, the Heisman Trophy winner avoids comparison between him and Philadelphia Eagles QB, Michael Vick.
“First off, I wouldn’t say I was better than Michael Vick because I think every quarterback…possesses a talent.”
When asked what he’s learned the most from his year in the NFL, Newton states that most of his lessons come from off the field.
“It’s the watching film; countless hours that people don’t see…staying after practice…honing in and knowing everybody’s responsibility on each and every play. That’s the things as a quarterback it’s mandatory for you to know… people only see the final product.”
He spoke candidly about the expectations that surround the team and the upcoming season, noting that when your best is required you have to put your best foot forward; you must stand up and perform.
“We have to focus on the first preseason and take one step at a time…there are a lot of expectations that we have to live up to, but if you guy’s expectations…you personally and all the fans that’s out there. If your expectation is bigger than ours then…first off we’re starting off on the wrong foot. The expectations on the football field are sky high and we expect that we practice like that and there is a whole new vibe a good vibe.”