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NFL 2016: Cam Newton Won’t Change His Tune and Other Notes

Cam Newton isn’t going to apologize for his behavior. No matter how long the media wait for a different message, the NFL’s MVP will still stand behind his actions. The past few days have been a surreal ride, showing a different side of the man many of us believed took a major step forward as a face of the NFL and a hero to many boys and girls who root for the Carolina Panthers religiously.

Newton’s case – whether it be about him not recovering a late fourth-quarter fumble or his behavior after the game with the press, we see a side of the former Heisman Trophy winner and No. 1 draft pick that appears to be a sudden turn from the lovable quarterback who took the league by storm.

Newton’s comments on Tuesday did not do much to turn the tide as he is still facing more criticism.

“I didn’t dive on one fumble because the way my leg was (positioned),” Newton told reporters in Charlotte on Tuesday. “It could have been contorted in a way. You say my effort? I didn’t dive down. I fumbled – that’s fine. That’s fine. We didn’t lose the game because of that fumble.”

The comments appear in a story on USA Today’s website.

Newton, for all his fun and likability in the regular season and playoffs, has been the subject of negativity since he had his worst game of the year on the grandest stage. The fact he then walked out of the press conference he is mandated to appear in speaks volumes to some about maturity or the lack thereof.

I got into a discussion about Newton’s actions and the fact he is 26 years old and he still needs to grow as a player. I responded by saying that yes, he is young, but there is a difference in his actions. Newton has already won a Heisman, a national title with Auburn and signed a multi-million dollar contract. He is a leader of the team that was the best in the NFL this season and he was in front of every camera stuck in his face.

There is an understood belief that once he put on his black and blue No. 1 jersey, he became a role model. His famous dance and his treatment of children, by giving them footballs after scoring touchdowns, it all adds up to a status he may not want, or understand, but he has acquired it. Until Newton can lose with humility, he will not be able to get out from under this blanket of criticism.

BLANK REVEALS HE HAS CANCER

Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank has announced he has prostate cancer. According to Ken Patra of NFL.com, Blank found out he had the illness late last year.

“In December I was diagnosed with a treatable form of prostate cancer,” Blank said in a statement released by the team. “Over the last several weeks Angie and I have visited a number of expert doctors and hospitals across the country to identify the best treatment options for me. I have chosen an aggressive approach that will include surgery and the overall prognosis is good. I’m looking forward to getting this behind me and continuing a very active lifestyle, my upcoming wedding, as well as continued active involvement in our businesses and philanthropic efforts for years to come.”

Blank has been involved in the rebirth of his team with a new coach hired this past season in Dan Quinn, and a new stadium being built and set to open in 2017. Blank purchased the team in 2002.

BRONCOS WANT MILLER IN THE FOLD

The best thing Von Miller could do for the Denver Broncos and himself was win the Super Bowl MVP award. Miller is in the final year of his rookie contract and will use the performance in last week’s game to leverage a new contract with the team that drafted him into the league.

John Elway has said that having Miller on the roster in 2016, along with other key players from the championship team.

“The goal is always to get a long-term deal,” Elway said via NFL.com, who added that it also is a priority to re-sign Malik Jackson and Danny Trevathan. “That goes into the same process of trying to include everybody. Looking at it from the 20,000 foot view of how this team is going to look not only next year but two, three years down the line. … Our goal is always to be competitive year in and year out and that’s what we want to do.”

The Broncos are in the driver seat with Miller’s contract. If the team and his agent cannot work out a long-term solution he will receive the franchise tag, which will guarantee he will on the team in 2016.

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