September is not only a big month for the football loving, tailgating, beer drinking crowd, but it’s also an even bigger month for its front runner, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton. After having set massive records, Newton is on the next mission of becoming an icon in the football world. The first step? Being a GQ cover model.
The September issue of GQ is in a football frenzy. With a dual cover shared between Newton and New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow, readers get an exclusive look into the world of these world famous quarterbacks.
This article mainly focuses on Newton’s appearance at the IMG Madden 7-on-7 National Championship, in which the Cam Newton Foundation offered a team. But what’s more exciting is the official kick-off event to the anticipated championship: The Cam Newton Skills Challenge. Hundreds of teenage football players flocked to learn from the rookie, hoping to have a bit of his skill rub off on them. But with success, comes the process of staying humble. Newton openly gives readers a glimpse into life before the draft, where he was an admitted immature and unfocused player; a fault that ultimately led to his leaving Florida.
Thankfully, Newton changed his focus and became the saving grace for Carolina fans, demolishing records last season throwing a record-breaking 4,051 yards and rushing 14 touchdowns. Unfortunately, it still ended the Carolina season at a 6-10 loss but this year he’s planning to make it different.
“If I come out and say, ‘I will be the greatest to ever play this game,’ that’s a no-no. If I come out and say, ‘I will not be stopped this year,’ that’s a no-no. People want to see humble,” Newton admits. “The only thing that’s going to get you away from all the talk is winning. Winning excuses everything.”
Read the full article online at GQ.com.
The September issue of GQ featuring Cam Newton hits newsstands nationwide on August 21.
-Jodi Phillips / CBS Local Charlotte