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Anthony Rizzuti

Panthers great Cam Newton: ‘Hell yeah’ I’m a Hall of Famer

Does Cam Newton’s legacy belong in Canton, Ohio? He certainly believes it does.

The Carolina Panthers legend welcomed former All-Pro wide receiver Brandon Marshall onto his most recent episode of Funky Friday with Cam Newton. But Marshall, ever the raconteur, temporarily flipped the script on the interview and asked his host a question of his own: Is Cam Newton a Hall of Famer?

At first, Newton seemed reluctant to comment—even stating, “I don’t give a f—.” But Marshall continued to press for an answer, and he got one.

“Hell yeah,” Newton eventually replied. “I’ll say it like this . . . I think it was Kanye [West] who said it. When I first came into the league, it was only one of me. Now when I look around the league, I see so many me’s.

Those “me’s,” as Marshall would note, might include today’s talented dual-threat quarterbacks in Jalen Hurts, Lamar Jackson and Anthony Richardson. And hey, we’ll add a few more for good measure in Josh Allen, Justin Fields and Kyler Murray.

So, yes, there’s no doubt Newton helped pave the way for the guys who can dominate with their arms and their legs. Heck, it seems as though much of the league wants a Newton-esque talent under center now.

But will the voters, at some point down the line, recognize the generational impact as well as groundbreaking numbers Newton has left behind? Only time will tell.

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