Super Bowl 50 came and went, but the memories will last forever. For Von Miller, Peyton Manning and the rest of the Denver Broncos, history will look more than kindly on their upset victory and resulting magical season.
However, Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers will not be so positively remembered, despite winning 16 of their first 17 games and losing just twice all season. But that’s how it goes when one of those losses occurs in the Super Bowl.
On the latest episode of Bill Rhoden On Sports, Bill and I wrap up the big game, as well as the aftermath. We discuss what went right for the underdog Broncos and what went horribly wrong for Newton and the Panthers. We, of course, discuss Newton’s postgame performance and what it may or may not mean for his legacy.
We are also joined by former NFL great James Lofton, who gives us his expert opinion on the game and the lightning rod that is Cam Newton. Lofton saw it all during his 15-year Hall of Fame NFL career and empathized with Newton and his heartbreaking loss.
“I don’t want to be named — well, maybe I do want to be named the MVP — but, I don’t want to be named the MVP the night before the Super Bowl,” Lofton stated. “It’s hard enough to sleep Thursday on at the Super Bowl, but then to be the MVP? So, you’re carrying all of that in… and then to lose.”
As for Newton’s actions during the post-game press conference, Lofton believes that Newton’s remarkable recent success has been a blessing and a curse.
“How do you go about doing something you rarely do?” Lofton asked. “Over the last 25 games, you’re talking about a team that’s 23-2. So, [Newton] hadn’t had a lot of opportunities to lose and he hadn’t had a lot of opportunities to be gracious and humble in defeat.”
Finally, Lofton weighs in on whether we may have seen the end of Newton’s on-field dancing career.
“[Newton is] battered and bruised, but he will rise again,” Lofton said. “So, when he rises, why not do the same things? They say ‘act like you’ve been there before,’ this is what he does when he gets there.”
That’s good news for Carolina fans and, likely, NFL fans in general. A happy, smiling, fun-loving Cam has proven to be one of the biggest forces and draws in the game.
Listen to all of the above and much more on the latest edition of Bill Rhoden On Sports.
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