Broncos’ Danny Trevathan On Cam Newton: ‘That’s The Way He Is. Playing For Himself’
Some are saying that Cam Newton dogged it during certain sequences in the Super Bowl, but that would be an insult to dogs. Did you see the Puppy Bowl, on the play when Leah watched the fleece squirrel get tossed into the water dish, and bravely retrieved it anyway to race for a touchdown for team Fluff?
That showed a lot more effort and daring than this clip below, when Cam lost the ball and pulled up instead of attempting to dive in and recover it. Let's go to the replay center in New York and compare:
Leah: Recovers Fumble From Water Dish, Runs For TD
Cam Newton: Sees Own Fumble But Pulls Up, Broncos Recover
Leah wound up earning MVP honors. And Newton? Recipient of a 24-10 loss to Denver -- now watching Peyton Manning grab the quarterback glory.
Denver's Aqib Talib and Danny Trevathan, a cornerback and linebacker, respectively, were both on the field when Newton's fumble and non-recovery occurred. And they both had something to say about it. Sports Illustrated:
“That’s the way he is. Playing for himself,” Trevathan said.
“He didn’t want it,” Talib added.
Those are some pretty damning words from opponents, and not typical of players who have just won the Super Bowl. Usually one would be more diplomatic, but Trevathan in particular seemed to condemn Newton's overall attitude, as if other NFL players also feel this way.
Newton was asked after the game why he pulled up, and he had no answers. One reported even tried to bail him out, asking if he was waiting to see where the ball landed to he could then lamd on it. But Newton said "No."
Maybe there's something to the experience factor. Newton seemed to freeze on the big stage, while Peyton Manning -- although not playing a great game -- was good enough when it counted. The thing about Cam, though, is that he has a good chance to be back, perhaps multiple times. Then when the ball falls into the water dish, he'll know how to react like a Rottweiler instead of a kitten.
— FOX Sports Live (@FOXSportsLive) February 8, 2016
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