Thursday, September 22, 2016

Cam Newton

If you are a football fan, you probably recognize the name Cam Newton. Many others will recognize the name because he was the quarterback of the Carolina Panthers in the last Super Bowl when the Panthers were defeated by the Denver Broncos. Even in defeat, Newton was named the MVP of the game.

Cam Newton is 27 years old and 6”5” tall. He is big, strong young man and is a double threat as a passer and a runner on the football field. As he gains experience his coaches will convince him that he is too valuable to his team to take a chance on getting hurt by running with the football. He was successful running with the football in high school and college, but in pro-football the opponents are faster and bigger than opponents he faced before becoming a professional football player.

He played on a winning football team at Westlake High School in Atlanta, GA. He was offered scholarships from over half a dozen major college football programs. He selected the University of Florida. He had some problems at Florida and transferred to Blinn College in Brenham, TX in 2009. After completing academic work at Blinn, Newton attended Auburn and won the Heisman trophy as their quarterback.

He was rookie of the year in his first NFL season in 2011. Carolina rode his strength and leadership to a 15-1 record in 2015 and got into the Super Bowl mentioned earlier.

Cam Newton is a class act. The only reason he does not have a Super Bowl ring is that the Denver Broncos best defensive team in the NFL had an outstanding game against him. Barring serious injury, he is destined to have one of the best records in NFL history.

Following the police shooting of a Black man in Charlotte, NC and the subsequent riots and turmoil, Newton used his weekly press conference to address the situation. He continued to be a class act and took a community-oriented stance to put his leadership on display. He was obviously distressed about Black men losing their lives at a result of police shootings or other types of violence. He also reminded all of us that we have a responsibility to ourselves and our community. I will not quote what he had to say, because he related the words better than I could. If you are interested the video is available.

Newton has a position of influence and is trying to use it in a positive manner. He is a young man worthy of respect and worthy of a lended ear. I hope people listen.

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