Cam Newton and Josh Norman were rivals even as teammates in Carolina. So with the Panthers set to face the Redskins on Monday Night Football, Newton got a lot of questions about Norman at his Wednesday press availability.
The Charlotte Observer made a video compilation of the quarterback's comments about Norman.
In whole, Newton had a lot of praise for his former teammate.
“Josh is a person that challenged me daily because of that competitive mentality," Newton said. "His competitive nature, that’s his edge ... And Josh needs that. I realize that with me being around him for the four years that he was here, he needs somebody to challenge him so he can get in a groove.
"As far as respect, I respect Josh. Our relationship goes way beyond the game of football."
All of that seems like an accurate description of the cornerback Redskins fans have come to know. But one of Newton's observations could just as easily apply to himself.
"For people who don’t really know Josh, I think he’s a person that thrives on attention."
Oh really, Cam?
Cam Newton's podium outfit. pic.twitter.com/kELczpVZjf— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 30, 2016