Cam Newton is living the dream.
That was part of the synopsis of the Carolina Panthers quarterback's comments during Super Bowl media day, as many eyes were on Newton discussing a variety of topics, ranging from the Big Game to very expensive pants.
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All 👀 on Cam https://t.co/4Mdcddhdng2/2/2016, 3:05:27 AM
"We believe in ourselves, we believe in our coaching and in our preparation," Newton said, per NFL on ESPN.
In his fifth season, Newton is making his first appearance in the Super Bowl, where his Panthers will face the Denver Broncos on Sunday in Levi's Stadium. Newton has been given high praise for the work he's done during Carolina's 15-1 season.
"When they see more of me, I need not explain myself," Newton said, per Yahoo Sports' Shutdown Corner. The more people see of me, they get me. It becomes easier to digest."
And the more Cam that the viewing public sees, the more they see a person who's not a traditional NFL player. Newton accounted for 45 total touchdowns in 2015, with 35 coming through the air. Every time he does something good on the football field, he dabs. Some people find it disrespectful, while the opposite reaction is it's all in good fun.
If you're expecting Newton to change his ways, it won't happen, per Kimberley A. Martin of Newsday:
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Cam Newton isn't sure why haters hate his dabbing. "I guess u'r going to have to get used it it, cause I don't plan on changing." #sb502/2/2016, 3:10:43 AM
And if he gets the opportunity to do such, there will be a lot of dancing on Sunday, per Around The NFL:
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Cam Newton: 'I plan to do a lot more dancing in my career, and I plan to do some more dancing Sunday if I have reason to dance.'2/2/2016, 3:55:19 AM
In all actuality, Newton is fortunate to be playing football at all right now after being involved in a car crash that fractured his back just over a year ago. Instead of sitting out for the rest of the season, he led the Panthers to a wild-card win over the Arizona Cardinals in last year's playoffs.
Add that experience, along with the birth of his son (who is now walking at a month old, apparently), and Newton has become a changed man, per Shutdown Corner:
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Cam says the birth of his son & surviving last year's car crash put things "in perspective." He says his one-month son is "already walking."2/2/2016, 3:00:44 AM
This new lease on life has seemingly allowed Newton to live life the way he wants to. As with the dabbing, he's not afraid to express himself in the fashion world.
Because only Newton could find it appropriate to wear near-$900 zebra-print pants and pull off the look. The reason for wearing them, per Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, is because his black and gold selection in his closet is rather limited:
Cam Newton on his traveling pants: "Super Bowl 50 is black and gold. . . . The black and gold attire in my closet is extremely limited."2/2/2016, 3:02:26 AM
Broncos linebacker Von Miller (per Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer) is right: If you're Superman, you're entitled to wear what you want. Thanks to Deion Sanders, though, he has a second pair of pants to wear for the occasion on Sunday, per ESPN.com's David Newton:
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And now the "swag pants" Deion Sanders gave Cam Newton. https://t.co/XwfKNmXc9l https://t.co/zpMioLl2PE2/2/2016, 3:03:33 AM
Newton has become one of the most polarizing athletes in the NFL. In fact, he could be as polarizing as any athlete in the world, and Newton feels that way, per Lindsey Adler of BuzzFeed:
Adler also shot this video of Newton talking to the media:
On Sunday, it won't be about expensive pants or jokes. Newton has one more game to play and has a chance to put on one more MVP performance for the ages.
When it's all said and done, Newton will look back and see how far he's come, per Martin:
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What would Cam Newton say to 10yo Cam? "Dreams do come true." #panthers #sb502/2/2016, 3:14:03 AM
One more win, and the ultimate dream may come true.