Though we are in full NFL Combine mode I found this post too good not to highlight. We all remember this time last year the criticisms of Newton and not just about football. We heard his smile was 'fake' and that he was arrogant and a prima donna. Apparently in the college ranks that led to proclamations that Newton was done with Auburn, that both parties used each other solely to win the National Championship and that he would never step foot back on campus. Well is would appear that is wrong, very wrong:
He was spotted in the Auburn football building on Wednesday and Thursday. He ate lunch Thursday with Auburn freshman quarterback Zeke Pike, according to Pike's Twitter account. Newton stopped by Friday at Wright's Mill Elementary School for a surprise visit a year after he mentored some of the students there.
Oh, and for the cynics, skeptics and critics, he did so without alerting the press, without having someone tip off reporters in advance, without drawing TV cameras to the school to draw attention to himself.
The article says he also stopped by an elementary school he had visited previously, announced and spent time with the kids. The fact he doesn't try and turn these visits into media events says he is not doing this just to score points with the media or fanbase.
Newton is doing these things simply because that is who he is. I think people need to get used to the fact this guy is genuine and he is a giving person, period. More after the jump...
On a slightly different note notice how every QB in this draft is now being compared to Newton, even Andrew Luck? So if Luck doesn't break Newton's rookie passing records should the pundits call his rookie season disappointing? It will interesting to see how Luck handles the pressure of having to measure up to Newton and the numbers he put up with the Colts offense. Both team's went 2-14 but how long until people use the excuse that Newton had better players around him? Or that eh has a better OC? None of that would make me angry if it happened.
If they are going to inevitably measure Luck to Newton then they better measure him off the field as well.i.e... let's see how giving of his free time Luck is after his rookie season. Does he make announced, non-media appearances at schools and other local events? Do all of his media appearances project a wholesome image? I'm glad someone talked into shaving that God-awful neck beard by the way, that was a good start. I'm not going to speculate on how Luck holds up under the spotlight because I'm sure it will be bright. I just want to be sure he gets held to same standard Newton has been held too if they are going to constantly compare the two, which we know they will. It's just getting started.