Cam Newton sat down for an interview with Interview Magazine this past pre-season to talk about his transition from college football to the NFL.
On whether the leadership role is intimidating: "Ummm . . . Not really. That’s just something that comes natural in a person. The hard part is that you’re always in the spotlight. Oftentimes I see myself on TV, and it’s like, “Man, what have I become?” I used to hope I was gonna be on TV, hoping people would see me playing football. Now, I’m being critiqued at the highest level—you know, “Cam didn’t do that right. He didn’t do this right.” Which is fine, but there’s no off switch."
On his leadership philosophy: "Just be yourself and stand up for what you believe in. As a quarterback, you’re never off. A lineman can go home and be with his family or just go and do whatever he wants to, but the quarterback is the leader of the team. That’s the responsibility I have. There’s some good and some bad with that, but, you know, mostly good."
On his favorite music: "I like so many genres. The top of my list is Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, and a lot of Atlanta rappers, like Gucci Mane, but I also listen to The Fray, Beyoncé. Listening to music is big in my life. From Marvin Gaye to the Jackson 5 to Stevie Wonder—all those guys, man. I mean, you look at my iTunes list, and the number of songs that I have, it’s well over 8,000 songs."
On his style: "The most successful people I admire don’t carry their jobs with them off the field. I don’t want to dress like a football player. I don’t want a person to look at me and say, “Oh, that’s tacky. You dress like a football player—you don’t care.” I want to dress, you know, relatively nice and clean, you know? Not baggy, not loose. I want everything to be flush and neat."
Check out the complete interview with Interview Magazine here.