Cam Newton to Keep No. 1 Jersey, Declines Offer of Old Auburn Number
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is not only no. 1 on the depth chart – he’s also wears that number when he takes the field every Sunday for the Panthers.
However, before joining the NFL, Newton wore No. 2 at the University of Auburn when he was a national champion and Heisman Trophy winner during his only season with the Tigers in 2010. Consequently, he wanted to keep that number when he joined the Panthers as a rookie, but Jimmy Clausen “owned the rights to No. 2″ and decided he wanted to hold on it to it 2011.
Now, he doesn’t.
Clausen has switched to No. 7 (his college number at Notre Dame). With No. 2 available again, Carolina offered to give it to their franchise player.
But Newton isn’t interested.
As Scott Fowler of The Charlotte Observer points out, No.1 is more befitting of today’s Cam Newton. He was the No. 1 pick in the draft, the No. 1 rookie last year and the No. 1 most important player in Panthers franchise history.
Good decision Cam.
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