Cam Newton’s Race A Factor

He has been called a thug, loud, arrogant and disrespectful. The Carolina Panthers’ quarterback Cam Newton has been called all of these names and others but why? He dances and celebrates when he makes big plays or scores a touchdown and gives footballs to kids. Isn’t football suppose to be fun?

 Why is Newton criticized so much? Is it his race or is his style of play? Maybe it’s the fact that quarterbacks are looked at as leaders and should be held to a higher standard. With that being said Aaron Rodgers celebrates with the discount double check. In late January he made a comment on the reason he is criticized so much.

“I’ve said this since day one. I’m an African-American quarterback that scares people because they haven’t seen nothing that they can compare me to.”

Has the media and the NFL run into a problem with race or is finally coming to a head when it was already there? Newton is the sixth African American quarterback to play in the Superbowl and this is the fourth year straight when either team has started a black quarterback.

Super Bowl 47: Colin Kaepernick

Super Bowl 48: Russell Wilson

Super Bowl 49: Russell Wilson

Super Bowl 50: Cam Newton

Newton was also quoted saying “I don’t even want to touch on the topic of black quarterback, because I think this game is bigger than black, white or even green. So I think we limit ourselves when we just label ourselves just black, this, that and the third.”

Granted the game is bigger than race but race is still there. The reason Newton can’t be compared to anyone else is because there has never been a big number of black quarterbacks in the league. Quarterbacks like Doug Williams and Vince Evans paved a way for quarterbacks like Steve McNair and Donovan McNabb. That generation made a way for the new style of quarterbacks like Newton, Russell Wilson, Colin Kaepernick, Teddy Bridgewater and Jameis Winston.

Historically black quarterbacks have never been drafted really high in the draft or they weren’t drafted as quarterback but as wide receivers like Antwaan Randle El or Ronald Cobb. These players are such good athletes that they can play multiple positions. Randle El played as a quarterback in college but was drafted in mind to change his position.Screen Shot 2016-02-04 at 12.04.55 PM

Newton, Wilson, Kaepernick, Bridgewater and Winston are not typically pocket quarterbacks. They are running quarterbacks, really they are all double threats because of their mobility. Newton ran for 636 yards this season averaging 39.8 yards a game, bring his total for his NFL career to 3,307 yards. Now the NFL has been more acceptable to these type of quarterback but that has come with the way the game is played now.

The way the game is played I personally feel like it starts with the quarterback because they are game changers. Newton will go down as one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game but he will also have a lot of hate or disliking.

When Newton first entered the league he was very standoffish and didn’t have fun with the team the way he is now. When his father and some others confronted Newton about that his attitude changed and the wins started to roll in.

When you are winning aren’t you suppose to be happy? He said is best if you don’t want me to dance then stop me. Newton shouldn’t get as much criticism as he gets because he really isn’t doing anything wrong. His dancing  is the same as Rob Gronkowski doing his famous spike or J.J Watt screaming out after a major sack.

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