On Sunday, the Carolina Panthers are set to square off against the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50, and during an interview about the event, a reporter asked Panthers quarterback Cam Newton about the stereotypes of being a black QB. Rather than play the race card, Newton dropped the hammer on the reporter, and gave an answer that’s sure to enrage race-baiters across the country.
Arguably one of the best players in the league, and possibly the history of the sport, Newton is often asked about his race and if he has anything to “prove” being a black quarterback. That question came up once again on Tuesday during a press conference, and rather than take the bait, Newton answered with grace while shutting down the reporter.
The Washington Post reports:
“I don’t even want to touch on the topic of ‘black quarterback’ because I think this game is bigger than black, white or even green. So, I think we limit ourselves, by just labeling ourselves, black, this that and a third. I want to bring awareness because of that.
But yeah, I don’t think I should be labeled just as black quarterback because it’s bigger things in this sport that needs to be accomplished.
I’ve said numerous times that I prayed to have a stage that people will listen. I pray to God that I do right by my influence. When you ask me a question about African-American or being black and mobile, it’s bigger than that.”
Newton, 26, who’s likely going to be named the NFL’s league MVB and has arguably had one of the five greatest seasons ever played by a quarterback, continued by saying he doesn’t want people to relate to him because of race alone. In fact, it seems as if that’s the last thing he wants from others.
“Because when I go places and I talk to kids, I talk to parents, I talk to athletes all over, and they look at my story and they see a person, African-American or not, they see something that they can relate to…
I just want to become relatable. It’s bigger than race, it’s more so opening up a door for guys that don’t want to be labeled.”
Newton appears to stand behind his words as well. His organization, the Cam Newton Foundation, works with the local community the focuses on the quality of education for youths of all races, and every Christmas, he goes out of his way to make it a special holiday for underprivileged children in his area.
While his on-field antics may be somewhat of an annoyance to some, off the field, Newton appears to be as classy as they come. #KeepPounding