Whilst Cam Newton prepares for a massive showdown at home against the 49ers this weekend, a former Niner long snapper still feels he owes him money for his Pro Bowl performance two years ago.
Players receive $25,000 for winning the bash that brings together the NFL best. For most elite NFL players that type of money is a small dot, but for Brian Jennings, he still feels bitter, albeit in a tongue in cheek way.
Speaking on the radio show 'Murph and Mac Show' he said, "Not a lot of people know this, but Cam Newton owes me $25,000."
The show, which is lighthearted, certainly wasn't brought down by his comments as they were made in a joking fashion. However, you can certainly see why he may still have his frustrations towards Newton.
At the end of his rookie season, the Panthers QB was woeful and it's alleged he wasn't taking the game seriously. Well, that certainly wouldn't be the first player to do that.
“We had Drew Brees at quarterback with his playbook all week, studying. We had Cam Newton with his head phones on all week goofing off," added Jennings, in the San Francisco Chronicle.
"We go into the game, and this guy is chucking the ball all over the place, and everybody is looking around going, ‘What’s this guy doing? Are you kidding?’ The punter and I look at each other and say, ‘We are going to have a long second half.’ We punted five times in the Pro Bowl, you know?”
Newton completed 9 of 27 passes in that Pro Bowl game and threw three pics. The NFC lost 59-41.
Thankfully for the Panthers Newton takes his games seriously for them, and on Sunday they hope to book their place in the NFC Champioship Game for the first time since the end of the 2005 season.