Unfortunately for professional athletes, they will never be universally loved or respected. New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton learned this lesson many years ago.
Newton is already entering his 11th season in the NFL, and he hasn’t heard a dearth of boos and taunts along the way. So how does the former NFL MVP deal with these trolls and enemies? All in all, it’s genius and simple at the same time.
Newton said he tries not to “feed” his enemies
Newton has heard it all since he first adapted to the University of Florida as a replacement for Tim Tebow. Fans and social media users will mention his legal issues, media incidents and the worst games of his career in an attempt to bring him down.
But Superman is immune to bullets, and the quarterback who channels the Man of Steel every time he scores a touchdown wants to do the same.
Outkick recently transcribed Newton’s comments during a question-and-answer session on Instagram. The veteran quarterback said he sees the negativity but tries his best not to recognize it.
âIf hate is not at the center of my concerns, I do not feed it. I feed on it, but I do not feed it. It’s two different things. When I feel or when I dwell on hatred, it is the product that will come out: rage, anger.
Newton explained how he used what people say or write about him as motivation without letting it consume him.
“I don’t dwell on what a person can say, what that person can say, she said, I just use it to my advantage and I nurture what I want them to feel,” said Newton.
Newton went viral in early 2021 for the way he handled a young camper
Newton can’t, and shouldn’t, respond to every Twitter user who suggests he shouldn’t be in the NFL or that he’s past his prime. But when this happens in person, obviously the circumstances change.
A video has gone viral on social media of Jseth Owens, wide receiver and linebacker at Perkiomen Valley High School in Pennsylvania, disparaging Newton in a seven-on-seven tournament in February. Owens called Newton âassâ and heckled the former Pro Bowl quarterback for being a free agent. Newton replied, “I’m rich,” and then asked to speak with Owens’ father.
Newton then shared a video of the entire conversation he had with Owens. The former NFL MVP shared on Instagram why he wanted to use the incident as a way to mentor the young player instead of going after him.
âPeople want to see me arguing with another young man and see me ‘get into my feelings.’ But the truth is this: I have an impact on children’s lives [sic] in a positive way. Make no mistake about it. I let kids realize that there is an âexitâ in using their footballing skills to take them to the next level and in most cases, get out of the neighborhood!
Owens then apologized on Twitter and blamed his behavior on “a huge communication problem.”
Newton may try to silence his enemies with a strong 2021 season
As Taylor Swift once said, “haters are going to hate.” Whether it’s for his gaming abilities or their thoughts on him as a person, people who dislike Newton will continue to root against him.
Newton might be okay with that, but you couldn’t blame him if he wanted to temporarily calm those skeptics and critics this fall. He’s hoping to bounce back from a bad 2020 season with the New England Patriots, where he threw just eight touchdown passes against 10 interceptions in 15 starts.
The Patriots used the 15th overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft against Alabama quarterback Mac Jones. The two are expected to face off for the battle for the starting quarterback during training camp.
Newton has three Pro Bowl selections, an NFL MVP award and millions of dollars won so far. Even if he loses the quarterback battle and his critics taunt him, don’t expect Newton to pay too much attention. He has the aura and confidence of someone who has long let these people rule his life.
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