Cam Newton may well be the reigning NFL Most Valuable Player, but he isn't having a great time of things as we pass the halfway point of the 2016 regular season.
So far in 2016, Newton is yet to hit over 60% passing completion for the season and his touchdown to interception ratio is at a rather poor 8-6. However, it isn't his performance that is annoying Newton, it is his safety.
Speaking after the Carolina Panthers' 30-20 victory over the Cardinals, Newton complained about the hits he is taking and how he feels "unsafe" out on the field. Unsurprisingly, a fellow NFL player has called him out on that.
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Pittsburgh Steelers tackle Marcus Gilbert has heard what the MVP has been saying and he isn’t a fan of Newton’s complaining. Speaking with ESPN, Gilbert rubbished Cam's comments and told him to stop piping up every time someone hits him.
“Ben [Roethlisberger] gets hit more than anybody in the league, and he never complains. C’mon, man," Gilbert started off as saying.
"This is the game of football. If you’re out there and you’re scared to take a shot, then don’t be out there, especially if you’re a running quarterback."
"(Defenses) are going to take shots at you. Just the way, his style of playing football, how he celebrates, I guess he gives the guys a chip, like let’s go hit the reigning NFL MVP,” Gilbert added.
It's Just Football
Gilbert and Newton were actually teammates at Florida before the quarterback left the Gators. That didn't stop him getting one last shot off about Newton's lack of toughness.
“I’m sure all the other 53 guys on that team are hurting just as bad and pretty much take a lot of shots, too. Look at the running backs, look at the receivers going across the middle, the linemen, you get rolled up on all the time. It’s just a football game, bro."
Sure Newton took a low shot against the Cardinals, but it happens all the time to non-quarterback players. The message here seems to be little more than "suck it up."