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Warren Moon: Cam Newton Criticism “Racial” – SportsUntapped.com
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Added September 21st, 2011 by Chalk

Warren Moon: Cam Newton Criticism “Racial”
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Carolina Panthers rookie quarterback Cam Newton is off to an incredible start, breaking NFL rookie records in each of his first two pro games, and doing everything he can to silence vocal detractors that said he wouldn’t succeed at the next level. Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon says there wouldn’t have been so many doubts if Newton was white.

From Moon, who serves as an advisor to Newton and strongly recommended the Panthers take the Heisman Trophy winner with the first pick in this year’s drat:

Some of the criticism was racial. I started to feel the same way I felt back in 1978 coming out of college when guys were saying I was too small and my arm wasn’t strong enough. Some of the same type of blind criticism was being laid on Cam. … There was some unjust criticism that wasn’t warranted. You started hearing that the kid doesn’t have a great work ethic, but all of his coaches in college were saying he did. You heard people say he doesn’t have leadership abilities. But he won two national championships as a quarterback.

In his first two games, Newton has completed 62.7% of his passes in back-to-back over-400-yard performances, throwing for three touchdowns with four interceptions. Even the picks are promising according to Moon: “That shows he’s fearless and he’ll get better at learning the personnel.”

Of course, Newton is also still looking for his first NFL win.  But that could come Sunday as the Panthers are 3.5-point home favorites against the 1-1 Jacksonville Jaguars and rookie starting quarterback Blaine Gabbert.

“Sunday would be a great time for him to get to get his first win in front of the hometown crowd,” said Moon. “Most people thought Auburn was going to be at best a .500 team. But when you have a guy like Cam at the most important position start to make plays the way he does…now all of a sudden everybody plays better because they know he gives them a chance to win. That’s what Cam does in energizing a franchise.”

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