In an interview on Good Morning America Wednesday morning, Cam Newton made clear he’s learned from and is ready to stop dwelling on the Carolina Panthers’ crushing loss in Super Bowl 50.
“We fell short at the end, but it’s OK. We’re reloaded, and I’m looking forward to getting started,” the quarterback said, interviewing remotely from Bank of America stadium.
The Panthers lost 24-10 to the Broncos in Super Bowl 50, a game that would have been the first Super Bowl win in franchise history. Newton, the MVP for the 2015 season, was sacked six times and widely criticized for his performance on and off the field.
In a post-game press conference, Newton sulked before the media, responding in mostly one-word answers before leaving the podium after less than three minutes.
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“Everything is pretty much learning experience, especially in the face of defeat. I had time to think back, I had time to talk to so many people including my teammates, family and friends. There’s no need to talk about certain things, that’s already understood,” Newton said, adding again that he’s focusing instead on “reloading.”
During the show, Newton also talked about boxing great Muhammad Ali, who died Friday at 74. In a tribute posted The Players’ Tribune Sunday, Newton said one of the “most memorable moments” of his life was when Ali surprised him once on his birthday with a phone call that left him in “shock and awe.” On Instagram, Newton said Ali represented “power, strength, charisma and bravery.”
“He stood for something bigger than the sport of boxing. Muhammad is a person who gave a lot of people hope, including myself,” Newton told GMA host Robin Roberts.
Newton ended the segment with a plug for his second annual Kick it with Cam! celebrity kickball tournament, which takes place Friday in Charlotte at American Legion Memorial Stadium. The event benefits Newton’s foundation, which works with Carolinas Healthcare System and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.