Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton had quite an audience today in the Panther locker room when he told story after story to awestruck Carolina rookies about how he was considered like phenom Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III way back in 2011.
"I had no idea," said rookie receiver Joe Adams. "Some of these old-heads have amazing stories to tell. Now, I don't know if you can believe everything the vets say. They like to put you on. But Mr. Newton told it like it was real."
Rookie linebacker Luke Kuechly said he also enjoyed listening to Newton.
"First of all, it was great to hear some little-known NFL history," he said. "But it also made me realize that I have to treasure my time in the NFL. It's amazing to think you could go from supposedly being the next big thing to … you know, what Mr. Newton is now."
Most of the other Carolina rookies asked Newton if he had ever met Newton and if he could get RG3's autograph for them.
Newton said there was a spring in his step after talking with the young players.
"It really took me back," he said. "It made me feel like maybe I have some of that magic still in me. Who knows."