SPARTANBURG Charlotte’s biggest superstar and arguably its most eligible bachelor is on the cover of the September issue of GQ just in time for football season.
Cam Newton sat down with writer Brett Martin at Florida’s IMG Academy to discuss his rookie season, his short stint at the University of Florida, his relationship with his father and how he carries himself off the field.
The 2,500-word piece is accompanied by photos of Newton in several outfits, including a DKNY Jeans letterman’s jacket with a ‘C’ on the front, a Dolce & Gabbana shirt and a Cartier watch, to name a few. He also is flanked by several members of the Top Cats, the Panthers’ dance team.
The interview took place before training camp and while Newton worked with lab team at the Gatorade Sports Science Institute to study his health and hydration.
Newton talked candidly about his time at Florida, while also discussing New York Jets quarterback and former Florida starter Tim Tebow, who is the alternate cover in GQ’s football preview issue.
“If I had said to Tim, ‘Man, can we spend some extra time to study the playbook?’ he would have done it,” Newton told the magazine. “I didn’t take advantage of what was right in front of me. If I had, maybe his mentality would have hit me sooner. Basically I was immature and unfocused. I would never, ever make that mistake again.”
During his time at junior college, Newton admits he cried himself to sleep some nights but knew he had to grow up. He also leaned on his father, Cecil, whom he called his “superhero.”
Cecil Newton was accused of offering his son’s services to Mississippi State for a $180,000 donation to his church, and the NCAA ruled the quarterback had no knowledge of the arrangement.
But Newton said it brought him and his father closer, and he never asked Cecil about the pay-for-play scheme.
“When my father was going through all that stuff, I was like, ‘I’m here for you, bro.’ And it wasn’t ‘Pops’ anymore. It was ‘bro,’ ” Cam is quoted as saying.
Cecil also talks about getting his son ready from an early age for the challenges of football and becoming a star.
“I was all about preparation for my son,” Cecil Newton said. “Not just how far you can throw the football, how athletic you are, but ‘Who are you when the lights in the stadium are off? When the band is no longer playing? Who are you, Cam?’ ”