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Panthers QB Cam Newton's self-confidence stirs up a debate

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Cam Newton has earned his sociology degree from Auburn but decided not to walk at graduation out of fear of being a distraction for his fellow students.
Cam Newton has earned his sociology degree from Auburn but decided not to walk at graduation out of fear of being a distraction for his fellow students. jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com

In an interview last week with WCCB-TV's Morgan Fogarty, Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton declared that no quarterback in NFL history has had his combination of size, speed, arm strength and intangibles.

"I say this with the most humility, but I don't think nobody has ever been who I'm trying to be," Newton told Fogarty. "Nobody has the size, nobody has the speed, nobody has the arm strength, nobody had the intangibles that I've had. I'm not saying I'm the one-on-one type of person that this league will never see again. No, I'm not saying that, hear me out. I'm just saying that so much of my talents have not been seen in one person."

Newton's comments set off a stir among NFL commentators and fans, with some criticizing his boldness and others jumping to his defense.

In his Panther Lair blog, writer Randy Inman noted that Newton's statement will make him look arrogant in the eyes of national media. Inman noted Netwon's pluses and minuses: "He is one of the most talented quarterbacks to ever play from an arm strength and running prospective. He also is one of the most inconsistent quarterbacks in the NFL with accuracy problems that led the Panthers to go after tall receivers to catch Cam’s high throws. "

Bleacher Report's Cian Fahey, in a column posted Tuesday said "there is no doubt Newton is showing off arrogance with his statements."

Fayey noted that Newton isn't on the level of Indianapolis' Andrew Luck or Seattle's Russell Wilson. But he added that Newton "is worthy of a huge contract. He is worthy of being spoken about in ways that Wilson and Luck are."

"He didn't proclaim himself a great player right now, he talked about what he is looking to become," Fahey wrote.

ESPN's David Newton said Newton's comments will 'cause debate' and invite comparisons with athletic quarterbacks like Hall of Famer John Elway and 9-time Pro-Bowler Warren Moon. Newton noted that the Panthers quarterback's running skills and toughness do make him unique in NFL history.

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