New England Patriots: Time for Boston to embrace Cam Newton

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - JULY 30: Cam Newton #1 of the New England Patriots addresses the media during Training Camp at Gillette Stadium on July 30, 2021 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Malhotra/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - JULY 30: Cam Newton #1 of the New England Patriots addresses the media during Training Camp at Gillette Stadium on July 30, 2021 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Malhotra/Getty Images) /

It’s time for Boston to embrace quarterback, Cam Newton, and give him his due as the leader of the New England Patriots and a simply terrific representative thereof. It’s deserved.

Just watch his recent major press conference and the question has to be asked, how can you not like this fantastic young man!?

He’s just a terrific person and wonderful personality. He’s honest, he’s forthright, and it’s refreshing coming from Foxborough. He’s just a fabulous Patriots representative…period. They don’t get any better. And yes, I’ll mention it, in 2019 the GOAT, Tom Brady was anything but.

He was surly, abrupt, borderline rude, and frankly, not very likable, even for this literally fanatical Patriots and Brady fan.

It was a drag, frankly, for whatever reasons, many of which were certainly justified, transformed him from his former Patriots self into that 2019 version.

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I hammered critics of Cam recently for taking out the bludgeon on the player after one somewhat less than stellar first day of training camp. Give me a break.

It was a terrible and embarrassing display of unreasonable, unwarranted, and inexcusable reporting. And the next day he made them all look foolish with a solid performance.

If you criticize critics what does that make you? Not sure, but it’s really getting tiresome how the so-called cognoscenti just sickeningly won’t get off this guy’s back.

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Cam Newton deserves respect, admiration, and affection from New England Patriots Nation. It’s time they gave it to him. In fact, it’s long overdue. What he did for this franchise in 2020 was amazing.

During his 2020 season in one of the worst possible circumstances one could envision to try to perform on the football field, Newton gave that proverbial 1000 percent and was better than it seemed.

He came into a new team late. There were no fans in the stands due to Covid-19. He had lousy weapons to assist him. Really terrible. He had very little pre-season to learn and no pre-season games to implement one of the reputedly most difficult and complex offenses in football.

In addition, he contracted Covid-19 himself. As has been seen, it can impact any individual and athletes specifically from whom so much more is expected physically, in different ways, and some much more than others.

Whatever the impact (and it was probably far worse than was expected or imagined, Cam battled back and battled some more, not wanting to let his team and his teammates down.

And he never complained. Never. He made no excuses. He threw no one under the proverbial bus. He took the lead and took the heat, in style. It was a profile in tenacity, in determination, in integrity, and in courage.

Yet, with all these adversarial scenarios confronting him, absent anyone else making a few plays and some truly poor play calling, he may just have led that lackluster squad into the playoffs.

With all that in mind, Boston pundits and national talking heads nevertheless ripped his performance to shreds for the most part in an unfair, arbitrary, and shameful manner.

Frankly, it made me and still makes me ill as it began again this season after one practice. If this looks like a rant, it definitely is.

I’ve lost patience with the constant negativity that’s is heaped this terrific young man. Rather than that attitude, this fanbase, this city, and this region should be heaping love on Cam Newton.

I’m waiting for the Boston Red Sox to have him throw out a first ball. He’s the team leader of the New England Patriots, is he not? Where is he?

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In the fall, he should “jumbotroned” to the hilt by the Celtics and Bruins at the Garden. Just show the guy some affection and respect. He deserves it for all he went through last season.

And, as for the shortsighted naysayers, please just trashcan this antagonism and inventive, and give this guy a freaking break. It’s time to get real or go home.

It would be great to see his on-field play this year make fools of all these individuals which it may very well do. It would poetic justice. There, I’ve said. It needed to be said.