Former Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher told USA Today that he is not a fan of the on-field celebrations by Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton and enjoys watching players like Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning after a touchdown.
“I played defense so I don’t like when guys celebrate with dances and stuff,” Urlacher said. “You know who I like the way he celebrates is Peyton. He kind of gives the guy a handshake and goes back to the sidelines. I think that’s a great celebration right there. You don’t see him dancing. You don’t see him doing all of that stuff. Even when he gets a first down he doesn’t do anything.”
Newton has addressed critics of his on-field antics and their perception of him due to his race.
“I'm an African-American quarterback and that might scare a lot of people because they haven't seen nothing that they could compare me to,” Newton said after the Panthers won the NFC Championship.
Urlacher retired in 2012 after spending his entire career with the Bears. He was coached by Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera.