Cam Newton had an underwhelming 2020 in New England to say the least. However, he believes his time in the NFL hasn’t run out just yet.
At his peak, Newton was the best player in the national football league. After he made the headlines yesterday when a young fan at one of his camps was recorded heckling him, it seemed some fans needed a reminder of Cam’s greatness.
– Heisman Winner
– National Championship Winner
– No. 1 overall pick
– NFL MVP
– Super Bowl appearance
– Panthers’ all-time leader in pass yards and pass/rush touchdowns
Cam Newton deserves his respect 💯 pic.twitter.com/t7Pv0SOEfw
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) February 21, 2021
If he can regain some of the attributes that made him so special, there’s no doubt he deserves a starting job in the league. And this is exactly the way he feels, as he conveyed on Brandon Marshall’s podcast.
He was asked if there was a possibility that he may retire, considering that New England is unlikely to bring him back. “Hell no! I can’t go out like that. I hear all of that talk. My pride won’t allow me to do it,” he said. “There aren’t 32 guys better than me.”
He will become a free agent on March 17th, the beginning of the new league year. One possibility is that he may reunite with his former head coach Ron Rivera in Washington, but we’ll have to wait and see.
Cam Newton says there aren’t 32 NFL QBs better than he is.
Where do you think he stands? 👇
— The Athletic (@TheAthletic) February 22, 2021
Cam Newton Explains How His Season Was Plagued By COVID-19
Although nothing can be taken away from him in regards to his accomplishments, he has undeniably seen a decline in form in the last few years. Ever since his MVP season, the Auburn alum’s career has been badly hampered by injuries.
After signing with New England last summer to play under Belichick, it looked as though his career could be rejuvenated. However, a new team and location didn’t seem to help the signal caller too much.
He threw for just 2,657 yards and 8 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He remained a decent dual threat QB though, rushing for 592 yards and 12 TDs. At the moment, the major concern is over his throwing ability.
On the same podcast, Newton explained some of the difficulties he faced this season, after he became one of the first “big name’ NFL players to contract coronavirus.
“I was one of the first football players to catch it, and it happened so fast,” he said. “When I came back, that’s where the lack of an offseason and the lack of time in the system really showed itself. I was behind and I was thinking too much.”
“The offense kept going, and I was stagnant for two weeks. It was all new terminology. I wasn’t just trying to learn a system for what it was, I was learning a 20-year system in two months.”
“They threw everything at me, but I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way,” Newton continued. “At the end of the day, you have to go through things in that type of manner, to show yourself that you can’t skip processes. I’d be the first person to tell you that I needed time.”