Greg Olsen: Cam Newton “Transcending” the Quarterback Position
Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen hopped on “The Herd with Colin Cowherd” this past week to discuss life, football and one of America’s favorite talking points–yes, you guessed it, Cameron Jerrell Newton.
After being asked of Newton’s postgame presser following the Panthers 24-10 loss in Super Bowl 50, Olsen backed his quarterback by stating that he’s not afraid to just be himself.
“I think the thing about Cam is he is true to himself. He wears his emotions on his sleeve. He’s an ultra competitor,” the All-Pro pass catcher said. “If people need a cookie cutter ‘This is what we’re used to, this is the way you need to act,’ I think the way the NFL is going, the way sports are going, I think guys are less and less worried about that. I know Cam is. He is who he is, from day one to now being the NFL MVP.”
Newton and Olsen both arrived in Charlotte prior to the 2011 campaign. A few months after taking Newton with the first overall pick of the 2011 NFL Draft, the Panthers shipped away a third-round pick to the Chicago Bears in exchange for Olsen. His career has truly blossomed alongside Newton, having gone for back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons in 2014 and 2015.
Olsen continued by stating Newton’s combination of ability and showmanship is something we’ve never seen before in the NFL.
“In the beginning, people never saw the quarterback do a front-flip and then get up after a touchdown and dab and dance and give the ball to the front row to the kids,” he added about Newton’s personality. “People were like, you know, ‘I’ve never seen Joe Montana do that, don’t seen Tom Brady doing that.’ Now all of a sudden we got a guy playing quarterback that’s doing it. But now, he’s in the Super Bowl and saying ‘Oh man, this is exciting. This is fun.’ This is a guy that’s transcending the position and I think people are captivated by it.”