Cam Newton On Being a Black QB Who Scares People

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Cam Newton has been the subject of harsh scrutiny and criticism — amid his teams jaunt to Super Bowl 50 and being the likely winner of 2015-16 NFL MVP award.

Even after passing for 3,837 passing yards, 636 rushing yards, 45 total touchdowns and 10 interceptions to go along with a 15-1 record — Newton believes race and his scaring people — is a major reason his celebration is discussed so frequently according to NFL.com’s Dan Hanzus:

I’ve said it since Day One, I’m an African-American quarterback. That may scare a lot of people because they haven’t seen nothing that they can compare me to. Oftentimes, it’s funny, I get inspired, it makes me go out there and practice even harder because I remember when I was working out for the draft and I would see the Senior Bowl playing, I see these guys out there busting their tails, trying to get drafted, trying to have a job to provide for their family or themselves and it’s like, here I am, I’m doing exactly what I want to do, how I want to do it.

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