2011 NFL Draft: Why Cam Newton’s Pursuit of Icon Status Isn’t a Bad Thing

March 4, 2011   ·     ·   Jump to comments

“I see myself not only as a football player, but an entertainer and icon.”
In the words of Scooby Doo, "Ruh-roh."
It is understandable, albeit slightly contradictory to the nature of professional sports, that a statement such as that caused the reverential stares at Cam Newton to regress into worried glances.
After all, words such as “entertainer” and “icon” indicate a desire to broaden his celebrity to where he appears on magazine covers as much as SportsCenter.
It implies he wants to date celebrities and hang out in LA. It implies that he’s already preoccupied with expanding his value off the football field before he’s even proven worthy of playing on one at the professional level.
Players like Chad Ochocinco, who are viewed as more diva than diehard, are what scouts imagine when they hear “entertainers.” Win or lose, it doesn’t matter, just as long as everyone enjoyed the show.
Guys such ...

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