“Cam Newton Died for Their Cause” – Former NFL Man Lashes Out at Carolina Panthers

Published 07/15/2020, 4:07 PM EDT


Cam Newton was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in 2011. The Auburn graduate was the first pick in the 2011 NFL draft. He arrived in Carolina with great expectations. As luck would have it, Newton had a spectacular rookie season with the Panthers.

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Newton broke the all-time NFL rookie record for passing and rushing yards in his first season itself. He was also the first rookie quarterback in NFL history to throw for 4,000+ yards, consequently breaking Steve Grogan’s 35-year old record.

Cam even went on to win the NFL MVP award in 2015.

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Therefore, rumors of Cam’s dismissal via a text message sent fans into a frenzy. In fact, former NFL player, Shannon Sharpe went on a lengthy rant against the people in charge at Carolina regarding the same.

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Shannon Sharpe suggests Cam Newton deserved better

On a recent segment of Skip and Shannon: Undisputed, the duo talked about Cam Newton’s departure from the Carolina Panthers. Sharpe, in particular, addressed the rumors that Newton was dismissed via text message.

“Cam Newton deserved better than this. 9 years as the face of your franchise, he deserved an in-person call. You can move on, but you owed him more than that.

“Skip, if you remember, Tom Brady had a meeting with coach Belichick, Tom Brady had a meeting with Mr. Kraft. You owe him that, Skip.

“When Ravens released me after the 2001 season, Ozzie (Newsome) called me, he said, ‘What you gonna do?’ I said, ‘Well, you tell me what you think I should do, Ozzie?’.

He said, ‘Boy, you lead the league in catching for tight ends, you can still play’. He told me go ask around the league if anyone wants me and if they didn’t he asked me to come back,” Sharpe exclaimed.

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Cam died for their cause, Sharpe takes another dig at the Carolina Panthers

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The Former Baltimore Ravens TE further spoke about how Cam Newton gave his everything to the team throughout his tenure with the Panthers. But in the end, if a text message was all he got, should Newton have left the Panthers sooner?

“So Carolina basically told Cam, ‘We’re really, really done. With everything about you, with you. This is over’. They didn’t even have the decency to pick up the phone and call the man that gave them nine years of great service.

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“He was the face of the franchise, no matter what you say. Cam gave them everything he had and in the end that might be the reason he’s not there.

“As you said, ‘He died for their cause’ without trying to spare himself. So yes, this was awful, awful!” Sharpe concluded.

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Daniel Arambur

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Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche.

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