Cam Newton says his dreadlocks are a reason he is not on an NFL roster

cam newton No longer his 2015 MVP himself, but the three-time Pro Bowler says there’s another reason he’s still a free agent.

Over the years, Newton has grown his hair out to dreadlocks, and he suggests that’s why he remains unsigned. throughout the 2022 season And still looking for a job.

On Josina Anderson’s “Undefined” podcast he said, “It’s a handicap. And I’m not changing.”

“People have pointed to saying, ‘Cam, we want you to go back to the clean-cut Cam of 2015. But that was different. Right now, where I am, it’s about embracing who I am. Am.”


Former NFL and Auburn quarterback Cam Newton runs in the weight room during Auburn Pro Day March 21, 2023 in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

new England Patriots Signed him during the Dreadlocks phase, and he started 15 games for them in 2020. He returned to the Carolina Panthers in 2021 and played in eight games.

But before rejoining the team that first picked him in 2011, he said teams were insisting he should have gotten a haircut.

Cam Newton with the Panthers

Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first quarter of the game at Bank of America Stadium on September 12, 2019 in Charlotte, NC (Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

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“There were indications of that,” he said via Bleacher Report. “And I got great advice from a lot of people. And the thing that’s always mentioned is, ‘Yo, cam, you scarin’ people the way you look.’

“And I’d say, ‘Yo, like I won’t name names, but there are other quarterbacks in the league that don’t look like me, but they have longer hair. They don’t intimidate them, do they?’ So, we go with it.” Might as well go tit for tat. But I’ll just turn and nod at that and say, ‘That’s not why I’m not in the NFL.’

newton allegedly turned down An offer from at least one team in the previous season.

He has previously said that he will not cut his hair until one of his daughters gets married.

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Former NFL and Auburn quarterback Cam Newton throws a pass during Auburn Pro Day on March 21, 2023 in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

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since helping 15-1 Panthers In the Super Bowl during his MVP season, Newton went 30–36 as a starter with an 81.4 quarterback rating. His last Pro Bowl nod was in 2015.