Cam Newton’s celebrations of touchdowns and first downs have gotten him dinged by people who see him as far too self-absorbed. However, the Carolina quarterback made sure to give his teammates a notable shout-out before the NFC championship game.
The names of all of Newton’s fellow Panthers were listed on a special pair of cleats he wore for warmups before facing the Arizona Cardinals. It’s still a look-at-me move, but hard to fault him for this one, right?
— Uniswag (@Uniformswag) January 25, 2016
Newton is not the first to trot out a special pair of cleats for pre-game exercises. For example, before a Giants-Dolphins game in December, New York wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. stretched out in a pair of “Joker”-themed shoes, while Miami counterpart (and former LSU teammate) Jarvis Landry rocked the complementary Batman look.
So, by contrast, Newton’s shoes were sending a much more team-centric message. Of course, this is a player still fond of warming up in a Superman shirt, so the haters don’t have to worry about running out of material.
— Joe Trahan (@JoeTrahan) November 26, 2015
Speaking of haters, the Cardinals can’t be feeling too fond of Newton at the moment. After putting on a pair of league-approved shoes, he accounted for 335 yards passing, 47 yards rushing and four total touchdowns as Carolina crushed Arizona, 49-15.