Panthers, Cam Newton Wants To Make Sure That You Heard Him Say “War Eagle” (VIDEO)

Cam Newton has a lot of titles, Heisman winner, starting NFL quarter back, GQ cover man, most importantly former quarterback of the Auburn University.

Who didn’t see the last second victory of Auburn over Alabama, and in Sunday’s press conference after the Carolina Panthers won over the Tampa Bay Bucs, Newton asked only one question, “did I say war eagle?”

“War Eagle, War Eagle,” Newton said. “War dang Eagle.”

 

“It was rather exciting to see,” Newton said. “Did I say War Eagle? War Eagle. That team is fun to watch, and these past couple of weeks watching those guys get big wins vs. Georgia, as well as that other team, is great.”

 

Cam Newton embracing growth from last year; Will fans see a more mature quarterback?

Cam Newton did not have a good season last year. The quarterback for the Carolina Panthers couldn’t seem to handle the loss and acted more like a spoiled child than a leader. Since then, however, it seems time has matured him and in an interview with USA Today Sports he talked about being able to take things differently:

“Things that affected you when you were younger really don’t affect you the same way the next time they come around,” Newton told USA TODAY Sports.  “The next time, it’s smoother. It’s like, ‘I can’t go through this the same way I did it before,’ or it’s really going to be a battle with myself.”

The battle will be learning how to lose. His stunts of pulling the towel over his head for the duration of the game after getting benched or the “attitude” at the post-game press conference was not a good look for the Heisman Trophy winner and number one draft pick. Fans expect better, and they should. Newton must expect better of himself.

He now understands the full measure of his leadership “Whether you want to be or not,” he says. That’s a good thing. The crying game is over. This is football. 

I hope he’s ready. 

Are you?

Your Jersey Girlfriend,

~Angela Davis

Cam Newton Returns To Auburn For Some Unfinished Business

When the football season ends, a five month vacation starts for its players. Hanging out with family, luxurious vacations, or relaxing at home is usually on the agenda, but for a small (and I do mean small) group returning back to school is the playbook.

When the football season ends, a five month vacation starts for its players. Hanging out with family, luxurious vacations, or relaxing at home is usually on the agenda, but for a small (and I do mean small) group returning back to school is the playbook.

For the 2012 NFL Rookie of the Year, and starting QB for the Carolina Panthers, Cam Newton will be seen walking the halls and studying in the library of Auburn University. Instead or traveling Newton has enrolled in the spring semester at his former school.

It’s reported that Newton is majoring in sociology but not really sure how many additional credit hours he needs before graduation.

“He wants to focus on school and be a normal college student,” said Kirk Sampson, associate athletics director for communication.

Newton isn’t the first athlete to return to get his degree, this is a trend among many athletes, especially the ones who say that they “promised their mother” they would finish. Most recently former NBA great and TNT Analysis graduated Barry University with a doctorate in education and the NFLPA has a partnership with the Wharton School of Business.

Auburn coach Gus Malzahn tweeted about Newton’s return Tuesday morning.

“Happy to see my man Cam back at AU this semester working toward his degree. #wareagle,” Malzahn tweeted.

So Cam just in case this football thing doesn’t work out, at least you got that piece of paper.

Your Jersey Girlfriend,

Marcelle English

Cam Newton not respected among his peers; Players say he’s a diva

It seems Cam Newton is not popular among his fellow NFL players. At the Pro Bowl this year, Newton took a couple of hits, unnecessary hits and was the only quarterback to be rushed, and sacked the entire game.

Why?

Were the other players jealous? Were they jealous of his stellar college career and rookie season. Were they jealous of all the media attention and love among the fans. It could easily decided that the other players were ‘haters’, and the unnecessary hits were just a way for them to express their jealousy.

But, that’s not the case.

When the players were asked they talked about a pretentious, haughty Cam Newton who “dissed” fellow NFL players at the Pro Bowl. Some players described Newton as aloof, standoff-ish and a ‘diva’. They talked about how he refused to sign autographs for players’ children and even had some harsh words for respected veteran, Baltimore Ravens’ Ray Lewis. His comments didn’t sit well with players and his behavior seemed to only make them angrier:

“He was a total —-hole,” one AFC player said. “Who did he think he was? He acted like the big s—. Here he was at his first game and he acted like he was the star. Guys didn’t like that.”

Another player agreed, saying Newton’s refusal to sign autographs for a player’s child was selfish:

“Who the hell did he think they were?” said one player. “The only people around are families. He knew that. Yet he big-timed the guy by saying ‘now’s not the time.’ Said another player: “It didn’t matter who it was, he didn’t care about anybody but himself.”

Whatever Cam Newton did or said, he seemed un-phased by the critics. According CBS Sports when asked about the Pro Bowl hits, he said, “It is what it is,” barely looking up from the stool in front of his locker.

IS Cam Newton a bit of a diva? Maybe. He’s young and has notoriety, fame and fortune that may be too much to handle. I had the opportunity to meet and interview Newton before the draft at Super Bowl XLV, and I have to say I wasn’t immediately impressed. Newton was reluctant to be interviewed, seemed annoyed that he had to answer questions and was slow to come to the media area. Most of the media was put off by his attitude, but he quickly pulled himself together and was witty and somewhat engaging.

If what I experienced is what other players are seeing everyday, I can understand their sentiments and criticisms. Football is a team sport and the brotherhood is taken very seriously.

And it seems karma is catching up with Newton. After an impressive rookie season, it seems his luck has turned. This season Newton can’t seem to win a game if it was handed to him. He’s challenged and frustrated and fans don’t seem to care about what he did last year. In football, you’re only as good as your last game.

Cam Newton may need to learn from this reality check and maybe eat a little humble pie.

What do you think?

Your Jersey Girlfriend,

~Angela Davis

Who Will Grace The Next Madden Cover?

Athletes the race to the Madden cover in their respective sports is like donning the cover of SI’s Swimsuit issue. As each year passes the celebrity of appearing on the cover of the NFL Madden game is like winning the lottery. So Wednesday morning the four finalists announced who will be could be on the cover of the Madden 13.

The finalist include Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, and Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson.

Vote for your favorite over at ESPN and the winner is expected to be announced on Wednesday, April 18.

This year’s favorite seems to be Cam Newton, who has garnered over 70% of the votes in each round.

Now there is one thing that takes the wind out of the sail a little bit and that would be the Madden curse, the myth that says the players on the cover will be cursed with either an injury or poor performance that upcoming season.

Your J.G.F.,

Marcelle English

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