If you were looking for an apology from Cam Newton for his offseason activities, you won’t find one.
Speaking from Wofford College on Friday at Panthers’ training camp, Carolina’s starting quarterback talked about the fun he had in the offseason while weighing the decisions he made.
From playing flag football in Georgia to Knockerball at his charity kickball event to playing Australian Rules Football on another continent, Newton enjoyed his health and his offseason.
“It’s kind of boring not having football for a lot of times,” Newton said, “and now we get to get the stories that everybody’s hearing. ‘Cam playing flag football.’ ‘Oh my god he can do something!’ ‘Cam’s playing Knockerball.’ ‘Oh my god, look at him pulverize people!’ ‘Cam’s driving fast.’ ‘Oh my god, slow down, he’s driving again!’
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“It’s always something. That’s just the life we live. I’m never thinking twice about the things that I do. I do think about it before I do it, but having that type of mentality that oh my god somebody is always going to bring the negative in it. I always look at the optimism of each and every scenario and try to make the most of it.”
Newton signed a five-year contract extension worth $103.8 million in the offseason. He promised the money wouldn’t change the way he plays the quarterback position, and it certainly didn’t change the way he enjoys himself in the offseason.
Newton traveled to Mexico in May to celebrate his birthday with family and friends. He participated in organized team activities and minicamp in June while hosting his celebrity kickball event. In July he traveled to Australia for a Gatorade athlete exchange program and funded a two-week trip to Baltimore for some of his receivers to train at Under Armour’s facilities before camp.
Newton wouldn’t go as far as to say this is the best he’s ever felt, but the fifth-year quarterback—who dealt with ankle, ribs and back injuries last season—said this is the best he’s felt in a long time.
“It was rather adventurous past couple of weeks but everything was done from a good place, I felt like. I even got an opportunity to play flag football,” Newton said with a smile. “Things that never hindered me. Well I was hindered in the past but now that I have the ability to do it, I wanted to do it. Also, most of those things were good cardio for me. So it was really fun.”