Nuggets from Newton, statement and all

INDIANAPOLIS — Cam Newton‘s news conference at the NFL Scouting Combine media center is over, so here’s a breakdown of the topics the Auburn QB covered before a throng of reporters Saturday afternoon:

  • Newton’s opening statement: “First and foremost, I understand that my obligation is to be the best possible football player that I can be. I know and believe that. The recent comments (about being an entertainer and icon) were made during the announcement of my new endorsement partnership. I was making the point that I want to be the best possible ambassador for them, just like I want to be the best possible ambassador for whatever team I am lucky enough to play for. I’m excited to compete this week, and you’ll see me doing everything possible to become the best player that I can possibly be. First and foremost, I’m blessed to be in this whole situation, and I couldn’t be in a better place right now.”

  • On why he chose former NFL QB Warren Moon as an advisor: “Just having Warren as a person that I, first off, look up to, and Warren has been special for me, just to be a hands-on person with his experiences during this time that he was going through. I call Warren, text him, and he’s always available. No matter what the occasion is, he’s always ears first and then he tells me what he feels his best advice would be.”
  • Newton said he believed he needed to issue an opening statement about his “entertainer and icon” comments because he was somewhat misunderstood: “It was partly my mistake of not making myself clear. That was my fault.”
  • On more than one occasion, Newton offered some perspective on his path to the NFL: “I’m blessed. I can’t even say that enough.”
  • Newton linked his decision to participate in all of the combine drills to his desire to compete.
  • He wasn’t sure if people mistake his confidence for cockiness: “I’m a confident person. It was instilled in me at a young age to believe in myself first and foremost. Because if I don’t believe in myself, who do I expect to believe in me?”
  • Is it notable that Newton referred to himself in the third person twice?
  • Newton declined to say where he believes he should be drafted.
  • On whether or not he needs to prove to teams that football is his No. 1 priority: “Well, football is my No. 1 priority. I want to make that perfectly clear. But I’m just going to go into whatever organization that I’m picked up (by) and (I’m going to be) happy. I’m going to (feel) lucky. Because this is a dream I’ve always envisioned myself doing.”
  • Make of it what you want: Newton revealed the Cowboys were among the teams he met with at the combine.
  • Newton admitted teams have asked about his relationship with his father, who was accused of soliciting money during his son’s college recruitment: “The question has been asked, but my answer is that my father is just like any other father who wants the best for his son. He wants to see his son succeed in every way possible.”
  • Newton wasn’t sure that he would change what has happened to him in the past: “My biggest thing is that everybody has a learning process that they go through. For me, that learning process happened three years ago, with the mistakes that I made at Florida, you know the trials and tribulations that I went through at Blinn College, made me the person who I am today. I can say that with my chin held high to the sky that if I could do it all over again, I couldn’t say that I wouldn’t do the same things, because those same mistakes I made at Florida, now if those same opportunities present itself, I wouldn’t do that. I know what happens if you do the things that I did at Florida.”
  • On the expectations of being the face for a franchise: “First off, the biggest thing for me going through this whole transition to the NFL, I think, is preparation. I admire the guys like Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, guys who are professionals at what they do. … I guarantee, from what I’ve heard from their teams, you’re not going to out-work them. I respect that somebody respects the job they go out and do each and every day.
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