Friday May 20th, 2016

One sullen press conference in the moments after an emotional Super Bowl loss has erased much of the goodwill built up by countless ebullient ones throughout the season. One decision not to sell out for a fumble has overshadowed countless situations in which Cam Newton has taken off running and dared defenders to dent his 6' 5", 245-pound frame. What the reigning MVP and the Panthers present for an encore in 2016, now that everyone has formed an opinion on his playing style and potential, may be even more compelling than his stat sheet-stuffing breakout season.

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