Cam Newton won the Heisman Trophy. Then he was first-overall pick in the NFL Draft. Then he was the Rookie of the Year. Then he was the MVP, starting in the Super Bowl.
Now, the soon-to-be 31-year-old quarterback is grappling with the reality of being unwanted for the first time in his career after being recently released by the Panthers.
“I’m a fish out of water. I’ve never … known anything other than the Carolina Panthers, and now it’s like I want God to direct my path and put me in a position where I can thrive and be myself,” Newton told NBA star Chris Paul on Instagram Live. “But on top of that, it’s still [about] becoming better.”
Newton, who Carolina cut in favor of free agent quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, may remain in “unchartered waters” as a free agent for some time. Few teams are in need of a starting quarterback and Newton — who has been plagued by foot and shoulder injuries the past two seasons — is currently unable to be examined by a doctor, due to the coronavirus.
“It’s so much possibility right now for me, but the fact that this corona situation has hit — I’m not a person to blame or do any of that things, man, it’s business,” Newton said. “But at the same time, I think I have been affected in a lot of ways, and it’s just [unfortunate]. But yeah, at the end of the day, man, I’m going to let the ball play how it play, man, and go from there.”