“You Done Got Old”: NFL Veteran Doesn’t Hold Back His Feelings as 33-Year Old Cam Newton Rallies for a Starter Job

Published 06/08/2022, 4:00 AM EDT
Nov 14, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) reacts after running the ball in for a touchdown during the first half against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

In a conversation with Cam Newton, on The Pivot podcast, former linebacker Channing Crowder had some strong comments for the former QB. The 33-year old Newton believes he is still one of the best quarterbacks out there. But Crowder wouldn’t have it. 

Newton’s career took a hit once he put himself in difficult situations with his former teams. He believes that such situations led people to build up a negative perception of him. Consequently, this affected his game and his position on the team as a quarterback. 


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“If you think I couldn’t be on somebody’s team right now, you’re a damn fool”, said Cam Newton on his ability to play as a starter at the age of 33. 

Channing Crowder contests what Cam Newton claims

Even though Cam Newton thinks that he has still got life in his legs to compete against the young guns, Channing Crowder feels otherwise. The former linebacker said, “As a starter? as a quarterback? I’d draft you in my madden team, I’d trade for you. But you are 33 years old, you done got old. You are one of the best 32 quarterbacks in the world right now? I can’t accept that.” 


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On the other hand, Newton still believes that he can help whatever team gives him a chance. He revealed that he never got the chance to learn his game and help his former teams in his previous signings. 

Dec 10, 2020; Inglewood, California, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton (middle) looks on from the sidelines with head coach Bill Belichick (right) after being replaced in the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Cam Newton was signed by the New England Patriots in 2020 but expressed that he never got to learn offence in that stint. Similarly, his contract with the Carolina Panthers left him high and dry with no support to grow as a player later. 


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With the Panthers in 2021, Newton completed just 4 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. Moreover, in the previous season with the Patriots, he had made 8 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. However, these performances were not enough for the Panthers to retain him on a new contract.

Why the last two outings didn’t work out

Reflecting on his decisions, Cam Newton told ‘The Pivot Podcast’ that he put himself in a “f****d up situation with the Panthers last year, playing three days after he signed and starting the next week.”


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To sum up, Newton’s desire to play does not fit well with the NFL veteran Crowder due to the former’s age. Even though ‘Super Cam’ feels that he has still got it, what do you think?

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Ayush Jha

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Ayush Jha is an NFL author at EssentiallySports. He is a current graduate of the University of Delhi and has worked on publishing academic research in the past. To fulfill his enthusiasm for covering sports, he started following the NFL and developed a keen interest.