Cam Newton has taken a lot of media flack recently. As Chad Ochocinco (or Johnson) would say, "Kiss the baby."
Today, a writer for Pro Football Weekly gave his summary on top NFL Draft prospect Cameron Newton, the Heisman-winning QB from Auburn University.
Nolan Nawrocki, the author of the article, summed up the positives and negatives of Cam Newton in this article: http://www.profootballweekly.com/2011/03/29/cam-newton-scouting-report
He made some good points for and against Newton when talking about his mechanics, his ability, his athleticism and other things.
However, when I saw one observation he had, I had to laugh at just how bad it was. Obviously, Nolan Nawrocki doesn't own a TV, has never read a Sports Illustrated or ever set foot in Auburn, Alabama.
He says in his summary, "Very disingenuous—has a fake smile, comes off as very scripted and has a selfish, me-first makeup. Always knows where the cameras are and plays to them. Has an enormous ego with a sense of entitlement that continually invites trouble and makes him believe he is above the law—does not command respect from teammates and always will struggle to win a locker room. Only a one-year producer. Lacks accountability, focus and trustworthiness—is not punctual, seeks shortcuts, and sets a bad example. Immature and has had issues with authority. Not dependable."
What's your take on the report by PFW?
Nolan, it's really hard to fake a smile that big 24/7; even in a good situation. He smiles on camera and off camera. Trust me, I've seen him in person. I can tell when somebody is faking their attitude, and that's not Cam Newton.
Selfish? It would appear that way, but in reality, he's actually a modest guy who doesn't always say things the way you would want him to. He's only as much of an "Entertainer" and "Icon" as you make him, and when you nationally break down every word that comes out of his mouth, you're proving that right.
Above the law? Maybe two-and-a-half years ago at Florida, but since leaving Florida, he's had a police record of ZERO. He's been out of trouble since leaving for Blinn JUCO in a small town in Texas, which Newton describes as "rehab" and claims helped him learn how to be a leader.
The dumbest remark he had, though, was considering Cam's ability to win the locker room and gain trust.
Even Charlie Sheen could see how each locker room everywhere has felt about Cam.
To quote several players at Auburn last Spring, "It didn't take him very long to win us all over." You can't find any teammate Newton's ever had that has anything bad to say about him.
Florida? They all loved him. Blinn? He won them over quicker than Usain Bolt can run through a K-Mart parking lot. Auburn? Everybody loved him there too.
What, Newton makes one mistake in the BCS title game late against Oregon by deciding to sneak it instead of take a knee in a 19-19 tie, and now he's the worst teammate ever?
I'm here to give you the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.
You could have walked by Auburn's Athletic Department last year and felt the glow coming out of that building. The way the team was able to bond, especially in tough times (i.e. NCAA investigations), wouldn't have been possible if the best player on the team was the square peg. You have to be bonded to get through rough times. You can't do it with a divided locker room.
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Here's a thought, Nolan:
Why don't you talk to former teammates and coaches of Cam's to see what they think, instead of running your mouth, making guesses based on public perception and not going to any effort whatsoever to judge someone's character?