My favorite thing about Cam Newton is that he keeps a winning attitude, even in the midst of a Panther loss. Take, for example, this little nugget of wisdom he shared in Chicago. From the Charlotte Observer (I know, I know):
When someone asked Newton what bothered him the most about the Panthers' third loss in four games, Newton sighed.
"You ain't supposed to be smiling and giggling after we lose," he said. "I've never had the mentality of losing in my whole life and for a person to tell me you can't win them all, that's a loser's mentality.
"I play the game and I want to win every single game I play so, obviously, it hurts when I lose but it's just not me. When you have guys on your team and you know they've given it all they've got, for me to some degree I feel like I've let some teammates down."
It's easy to see why Newton has been so successful in his collegiate football career, and now in the NFL as a rookie. Yes, the Panthers still need more wins, but Newton has done his job well. Better than anyone ever has, according to the record books.
Word is, Newton was also involved in a "minor kerfuffle" (read: a relatively minor verbal fracas) in the locker room in Chi-town when Olsen congratulated him on a good game after their loss; Newton later apologized profusely to his teammate. Make of this what you will, but I think it's the whole winning attitude again. People who are determined to win do not accept losing passively. I'm glad someone in the Panther's clubhouse (besides BAMF) is furious!
I think (hope) this "winning" attitude is a welcome change in the Panthers locker room and I'm guessing it will be contagious. What do you think? I predict we'll see more Ws sooner rather than later. Vote on the poll below to pick how many of the next five games the Panthers win.
I'm voting for all five. Dare I say it? Yes, we Cam!