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Cam Newton sees himself as football player, entertainer, icon

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Auburn’s Cam Newton celebrates with fans after beating Oregon 22-19 in the BCS National Championship NCAA college football game Monday, Jan. 10, 2011, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

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We in the football media will have little to do for the next week other than pore over every last detail we get about the people participating in the NFL Scouting Combine, so we’re grateful that this year’s most intriguing prospect, Cam Newton, will also be a full participant.

And we’re also grateful that Newton gives us plenty to comment on not just with his arm and his legs, but with his mouth.

Peter King reports that Newton told him in a phone interview today, “I see myself not only as a football player, but an entertainer and icon.’'

As King notes, that’s the kind of comment that makes old-school football coaches blanch. Newton’s talent is undeniable, and yet I have a feeling there are more than a few NFL coaches who see comments like that and wonder if Newton is the kind of guy they want in their locker rooms.