Former Alabama QB calls Cam Newton out, says he 'quit on this team'
Former Alabama QB Greg McElroy has accused former Auburn QB Cam Newton of committing the unthinkable football sin.
The retired QB turned college football analyst accused Newton of quitting on the Carolina Panthers during Super Bowl 50 during an appearance on SiriusXM’s College Sports Nation on Tuesday.
His criticism stems from this play in the fourth quarter of the Broncos’ 24-10 win over the Panthers on Sunday night, during which Newton appears to back away from a chance to recover his own fumble in one of the game’s defining moments (pardon the gratuitous ‘Major League’ clip attached to the end of the video):
McElroy, who claimed this criticism had nothing to do with the fact that he played for the Crimson Tide and Newton was an Auburn QB, didn’t hold much back.
“I have never– not one time in my life– seen a player do that,” McElroy said. “Especially a quarterback. And you know what? His teammates will look at him a little bit differently after that. Especially his teammates on the defensive side of the football.”
McElroy went on to say that he didn’t have any issue with the way that Newton handled the postgame presser, and even insinuated that the media feels too entitled to their quotes following a big game like that.
But he went right back into the fumble again:
“I have big issues with the way he did not jump on the football,” McElroy said. “It was as if he had given up.
“It was a six-point game at that point and he jumped away from it. I will never get over that. I will still root for my Panthers, but I’m going to have big issues with Cam Newton moving forward, and it has nothing to do with the fact that I went to Alabama and he went to Auburn. It has everything to do with the fact that he quit on this team.”
You can listen to the entire audio clip here: