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Panthers Cam Newton tells of help from superstars in Showtime interview

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton says he’s still awestruck when he meets Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan.
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton says he’s still awestruck when he meets Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan. jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, a fast-rising star in the NFL who’s about to take the ultimate stage in the Super Bowl, says he’s still awestruck when he meets Hornets owner Michael Jordan.

In an interview with James Brown scheduled for “60 Minutes Sports” at 8 p.m. Tuesday on Showtime, Newton says he’s turned to Jordan and other superstar elites like LeBron James and Stephen Curry for advice.

“I’m not too proud to ask, from LeBron to Michael Jordan to Steph Curry or even yourself that I need help,” Newton says. “I’m not perfect.”

Newton says he’s grateful to those who have helped guide him in his career. “I wouldn’t be here in this situation today,” he says, “without the help of so many different people.”

Playing in the Super Bowl will be a lifetime opportunity, Newton tells Brown.

“We’ve all dreamed of this moment as Carolina Panthers, as an organization,” he says. “There’s no bigger game in sports.”

Mark Washburn: 704-358-5007, @WashburnChObs

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