Cam Newton’s early NFL seasons confirmed the Panthers’ choice to pick him first in the 2011 draft. The quarterback earned 2011 Offensive Rookie of the Year and 2015 MVP honors. But, in some respects, fans know Newton more for his off-field antics than his play on the field. This may be most evident in the outfits he wears. Here are some of his worst fashion choices.
Cam Newton’s questionable outfits
Like many pro athletes nowadays, Newton likes to make bold fashion statements at press conferences and elsewhere, as Ranker astutely points out. His unique fashion stretches from head to toe. For example, he wore a towel wrapped around his head at a Super Bowl press conference and what some people called “disco slippers,” decked out in a shiny silver pattern.
Other notable fashions Newton has worn include a blue camouflage suit and black and white striped pants with gold designs. Newton’s fashion choices aren’t about trying to draw attention to himself, as the quarterback said he doesn’t try to “command attention” with his wardrobe; he “aim[s] to just look and feel confident.”
Newton’s controversial personality
Newton’s uniqueness extends beyond the clothes he wears, as he has a larger-than-life personality. Some people interpret Newton’s personality to indicate he’s selfish and cares about himself over others. Even noted football experts, including SEC Network personality Paul Finebaum, have intimated that opinion.
When Newton dealt with injury issues early last season, Finebaum went on TV and said people shouldn’t be sympathetic toward him because he “has never cared about anybody — other than Cam Newton.”
The quarterback’s personality also gets him in trouble with the media. During a 2017 press conference, as the New York Times describes, a female reporter asked Newton about WR Devin Funchess’s route-running. He cracked a smile, then began his response by saying, “It’s funny to hear a female talk about routes,” which came across as sexist to many.
Newton’s future in the NFL
After a 2019 season when Newton played in only two games, the Panthers did something that would’ve been unthinkable a few years ago. They released him this offseason after signing free-agent QB, Teddy Bridgewater.
With the release, Newton is now a free agent and available to sign with any team in the league. He’s still recovering from foot surgery and his production has declined in recent seasons. But he’s likely still going to get a chance to play for another team — even if it’s in a backup role or getting in a QB competition in training camp.
Let’s explore some of the teams that could be a good fit to sign Newton for 2020.
New England Patriots
The Patriots lost Tom Brady in free agency. Bill Belichick will likely want to have a veteran quarterback on the roster entering the preseason. He could do worse than a former MVP like Newton. The Pats coach has heaped praised on Newton in the past, so he may be interested in having the QB replace Brady on the roster.
Los Angeles Chargers
With Tyrod Taylor on the roster, the Chargers have a better quarterback situation than New England after Philip Rivers left this offseason. But Newton has the ability to make big plays and would likely be an upgrade over Taylor.
The Ravens wouldn’t sign Newton as the starter since they have reigning MVP Lamar Jackson. But Newton would be a good insurance policy in case Jackson suffers an injury. Both athletes are dual-threat quarterbacks, so Newton would fit into the Ravens’ schemes if he needed to step in for Jackson.