NFL Network analyst and Hall of Fame defensive back Deion Sanders was on ESPN’s “First Take” show Friday and was asked about Cam Newton, and why Russell Wilson didn’t face the type of scrutiny during his Super Bowl weeks that Newton is facing in his.
Newton has dealt with a lot of questions about his race in the run up to Super Bowl 50 with the Broncos. Wilson didn’t face this type of narrative during his appearance in the past two Super Bowls.
“Russell Wilson is closer to a traditional quarterback,” Sanders said. “The mold is (Tom) Brady. The mold is (Peyton) Manning. Russell Wilson is that type of guy with a lot of athleticism, Aaron Rodgers-esque. Cam Newton is a whole ‘nother dude. He’s not running a traditional offense. He’s running an offense with a little college tendency in it. Russell Wilson is not dabbing when he scores. Russell Wilson is a very polite, very conscious baseball player, very cerebral. He’s not going to do anything to threaten authority.”
Sanders said Newton is a totally different player.
“Cam, on the other hand,” Sanders said, “is Cam.”
(Sanders then started singing a ‘90s hit by the R&B group Guy called “Teddy’s Jam.” He does it often on NFL Network. When lead singer Aaron Hall starts the song singing “Jam…Whoa Jam…Teddy jam for me,” Sanders replaces “Jam,” with “Cam.”)