"I don't have nothing to hide, and I'm a competitor," Newton said Monday night before accepting the Davey O'Brien Award that recognizes the nation's top quarterback. "I'm going to go out here and do what I've been working on this whole time and preparing for this moment right now."
Ok, +5 pts for saying the right thing, but we'll go -1 pt for grammar.
When asked about the Interviewing Process and his off the field allegations, Newton had this to say:
"It's just as important, if not [more] important than the play on the field," Newton said. "You can't overlook that by no means. If you don't sell yourself to an organization, I think you're going to be skipped in that process and I don't want to be skipped."
"That's nothing I'm worried about," Newton said. "I understand that everybody's entitled to their own opinion, and I just feel like if I have an opportunity to speak with a person or let a person evaluate me as a person, not something that has been stereotyped, I think their perception about me will change, and I'm willing to take that risk."
Thank god! I like this move by him. He seems to be saying and doing all of the right things. I like that we'll be able to see him side by side with other QBs in this draft and we'll be able to make some comparisons. Will help with the draft board. Also, the most important part of the Combine is the interviewing portions. Maybe not the most important to ALL of the players, but especially for Cam. That's where his biggest ? is.
This could be interpreted badly. Possibly a Randy Moss/self righteous issues?
"Cam Newton is Cam Newton. I don't want to be symboled as he's like this type of person or he's like that type of person," he said. "I'm trying to take something from every single person's game that makes them an elite quarterback. ... That's what sets me apart from somebody else, that's what I train for on a daily basis to be different, to be in a category by myself."
If we pick him, I hope this next part is true for the rest of his career.
"I think I'm in control of my destiny right now, I'm lucky to be in this type of driver's seat," Newton said. "I'm just focusing on what I have to do, in the classroom, in the interviews, and at the end, my performance on the field."