The Drive Monday 10-8-12 Cecil Newton, father of Cam Newton, talks with “The Drive” about how Cam is accepting losing in the NFL, we get his thoughts on if there is enough leadership around Cam right now to get him where he needs to go, and what he thinks is the biggest misconception about his son. Plus they get into the allegations that the Newton family went through during Cam’s college years.
Carolina Panthers Quarterback, Cam Newton, is having a rough start to his Sophomore Season. Cecil Newton, his father, is convinced that things will turn around, and he stopped by the “The Drive” to speak to Taylor Zarzour, Marc James and address a concerned Panther fan base.
“It’s been difficult… There will be better days, and at some point, I really believe Cam will make us all proud.”
Cecil went on to explain potential reasons with why Cam struggles so much with the failure he’s currently experiencing and needs to improve on how he deals with those things as he moves forward with his career.
“I know he hasn’t been responsive in some of his interviews(after losses) but he has been like that since he was 7 years old… He doesn’t really look sure of himself (at times), and that is not the Cam I know.”
He went on further to say, “A vast portion of Cam’s sulking and disappointment is that he has the burden of trying to deliver the goods to the Panthers fans… I always preach to him ‘Take ownership. Take ownership when you win, but also take ownership when you lose.’”
To all the critics and frustrated fans he had a message: “We’ve had some shaky experiences here and there of late. We’re gonna get through it. Cam is Gonna get it right.” Then he wanted to speak directly to the Panther fan base. “I’d rather see (Cam) taking it on a heavy burden basis, than too lackadaisical. Because it would insult me for a guy to be paid what he’s being paid, and to not hurt when you’re not responding or performing like you should be performing. And he does (hurt). We’re gonna work through it.”
As bad as it’s been for the Panthers organization this season, he wanted to ensure Panther fans need not worry. Cecil reassured Charlotte that, regardless of all the recent criticism or negativity that has been generated around his play for the franchise, they won’t be going anywhere anytime soon.
“We love the Panthers. And we are very appreciative of everything that this town and organization has done for us. Cam wants to stay in Carolina and I would like for him to, as long as Mr. Richardson, and whoever else is in charge, wants him to.”
As for what needs to be done for the remainder of the season for Cam Newton and the Panthers to become successful, Cecil’s message was simple.
“I just think he has to realize that he can’t do it by himself.”
Whether or not Cam will heed the words of this father remains to be seen, but that certainly won’t be the only thing he and the Panthers will have to consider over the bye week, after their 1-4 start to the 2012 NFL season. The Carolina Panthers will resume action October 21st, when they host the Dallas Cowboys.
The Cam Newton Foundation strives to emphasize the importance of making education a priority on a daily basis by addressing the barriers that impede the learning process. The Cam Newton Foundation also recognizes physical fitness and health as a vital element of comprehensive youth development and its relationship to leading a well-rounded and fulfilling life. Cecil and his son Cam want to stress that “Every 1 Matters” in their focus of helping out the cities of Charlotte and Atlanta, the Newton’s hometown city.
If you want to know more about The Cam Newton Foundation, then please email the charity here: CNF@cam1newton.com
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Watch Some Of His Interview With “The Drive” Below!