Found July 15, 2013 on Down and Distance:
Cam Newton, the Falcons fan? (AP Photo) As any football fan out there will tell you, it’s hard to stop rooting for your childhood team. Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is no different. A native of Savannah, Georgia, Newton rooted for the nearby Atlanta Falcons growing up. Newton’s teenage years occurred during an extremely exciting time in Atlanta when Michael Vick was tearing up the league with his rocket arm and blazing speed. Little did Newton know that he would one day join Vick as a fellow number one overall pick in the NFL. Naturally, you would imagine that Newton gave up his love for his hometown team considering he now plays for one of their biggest rivals, no? Think again. Newton told D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he still roots for his Falcons 50 weeks out of 52 in every year. “It’s always a heavily critiqued game,” Newton told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution of the rivalry matchup. “I’ve always been a Falcons fan, and I’m still a Falcons fan except for those two times a year.” This seems to be an offseason where many players are being much more open with their fandom of other NFL teams. Colin Kaepernick famously posted an Instagram photo of himself with a Miami Dolphins hat, and current Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan posed with an autographed Luke Kuechly jersey, supporting a fellow Boston College player even though they are on rival teams. Personally, I think the unapologetic support of other teams and players on rival teams among NFL players is warming to see. The NFL isn’t a cutthroat business to everyone. When push comes to shove, they have to figure out what side they are on, but I see nothing wrong with players showing their support for another team. In some respects, the NFL could use more of that fraternal spirit between players and teams. Follow us on Twitter – @DownandDistance Down and Distance Columnist Joe Ray – @jpray_SK The post Cam Newton is still “a Falcons fan” appeared first on DOWN & DISTANCE - Presented by Sports-Kings.

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