Cam Newton answered 13 questions in two minutes and 29 seconds Sunday night after Carolina lost the Super Bowl, 24-10, to Denver, before he walked out of his interview.
Of the quarterback’s 13 answers, 11 were three words or fewer. Here is a full transcript of Newton’s answers (some questions have been edited for brevity’s sake):
Q: What’s your message to Panthers fans?
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A: “We’ll be back.”
Q: Ron (Rivera) said Denver two years ago had a tough time and they bounced back. Did you take that to heart?
Q: Can you put a finger on why Carolina didn’t play the way it normally plays?
A: “Got outplayed.”
Q: Is there a reason why?
A: “Got outplayed, bro.”
Q: Was it pretty much what you had seen on film from Denver? Anything different they put in for this game?
A: “Nothing different.”
Q: Do we sometimes forget that defenses can still take apart the offenses in this game?
Q: What did Ron Rivera say after the game?
A: “He told us a lot of things.”
Q: Anything in particular that was memorable?
Q: Obviously you’re disappointed. On the biggest stage it’s difficult, I know.
A: nods head, doesn’t speak
Q: Did you see anything that you didn’t expect tonight?
A: “They just played better than us. I don’t know what you want me to say. They made more plays than us, and that’s what it comes down to. We had our opportunities. It wasn’t nothing special that they did. We dropped balls, we turned the ball over, gave up sacks, threw errant passes. That’s it. They scored more points than us.”
Q: Can you put into words the disappointment you feel right now?
A: “We lost.”
Q: On that fumble, were you trying to extend the play and that’s why you didn’t hit the deck for it?
A: “I don’t know.”
Q: Did Denver change anything defensively to take away your running lanes?
Q: I know you’re disappointed not just for yourself, but for your teammates. You guys talked about being a band of brothers coming in. It’s got to be real tough.(Note: In the background of this question, you can hear Denver defensive back Chris Harris nearby talking loudly about the Broncos’ gameplan to stop Newton).
A: (Newton shakes head) “I’m done, man.” (Newton walks off).