Originally written on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 11/20/14

Cam Newton has been compared to Michael Vick ever since he burst onto the scene at Auburn and led the Tigers to a national championship. While many will argue that their comparisons are race related, Newton understands that the comparison stems mostly from the fact that both quarterbacks can make plays with their arm and their legs. Newton says that dual-threat ability has its benefits and its downfalls. “The skill set that I have and the skill set that he has is kind of rare, especially in this league, but it’s your gift and your curse,” Newton told the Charlotte Observer. “Sometimes it can get you out of a lot of trouble. Sometimes it can put you in trouble if you lean on it too much.” Newton grew up idolizing Vick, and the two instantly hit it off when they met in 2010. They have had multiple conversations since meeting, and Newton says Vick has advised him to “play your game and let the game come to you.” In a sense, Newton is right. Quarterbacks who can run tend to try to get out of trouble too often instead of throwing the ball away. Poor offensive line play is part of the reason Vick has taken such a beating throughout his career, but his refusal to throw the ball away or give up on a play has contributed to it as well. But Newton’s real “curse” this season has seemingly been between his ears. Questioning your coaches while wearing this ridiculous sweater after a loss or holding up a team bus while you sulk has nothing to do with athletic ability. Helmet smack to Around the League Photo: Kirby Lee-US PRESSWIRE

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