Cam Newton was one of the funnest players to watch this year. His 50 touchdowns were impressive, and his smile was amazing. He dominated the game by having fun and acting like a true warrior on the field. Every time he scored a touchdown he gave the ball to a little kid and that was contagious. He had his teammates giving the ball away in the endzone and you would have thought the kid had truly grown up from the immature kid he once was.
Newton had his moments as a young football player when he was at the University of Florida. Newton’s journey became an amazing journey because of an act of immaturity.
On November 21, 2008, Newton was arrested on felony charges of burglary, larceny, and obstruction of justice on an accusation that he stole laptop computer from another University of Florida student.
He was subsequently suspended from the team. Campus police “tracked the stolen laptop to the athlete. Newton tossed the computer out his dorm window in a humorously ill-advised attempt to hide it from cops.” All charges against Newton were dropped after he completed a court-approved pre-trial diversion program.
“I believe that a person should not be thought of as a bad person because of some senseless mistake that they made,” said Newton in 2010. “I think every person should have a second chance. If they blow that second chance, so be it for them.”
Cam Newton was exactly right. He was given a second chance and he made the best of it. He went on to Blinn College a JUCO school and led them to a National Championship. He would later transfer to Auburn and win Auburn a National Championship. Newton has become a leader. He learned from his mistake, but last night he let his emotions get the best of him.
Many children, especially in the Carolina area are looking up to you right now Mr. Newton. They wanted to see you win, and believe me they were just as upset as you that you didn’t win. The worst part of everything is that you walked away from media in a way that looked as if you were a poor sport. We tell our kids everyday it is okay to lose. It is okay not to win everything, but as a role model we need more from you. I was very upset because that smile was gone. Everything you worked for was flushed down the toilet with one act that many will consider a “Thug” move.
Media is already calling you a “Thug” because you dance on the field, because you are excited and show charisma. It killed Terrell Owens hopes of becoming a first ballot Hall of Famer this week, even though he has the statistics to be voted in. Media will criticize you forever, and while I will forgive you, the rest of the world will talk about your actions forever. It was a bad decision regardless of the situations surrounding you (Chris Harris talking in the background). You were a leader all year, and should not be upset that you lost the Super Bowl. Many teams would die to be in your position.
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