CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Cam Newton has no plans to stop dancing — even though some critics may think his touchdown celebrations are a bit excessive.
The Panthers’ fifth-year quarterback said he’s having the time of his life during Carolina’s 9-0 season and plans to keep enjoying every minute.
To Newton, that means showing his excitement after things go well.
Newton did “the dab” after a 2-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter of Carolina’s 27-10 win over Tennessee on Sunday, causing some Titans players to begin pushing and shoving in the end zone.
The Charlotte Observer ran a letter to the editor this week from a Titans fan who said she thought Newton’s celebration was excessive and uncalled for.
That opinion reflected some of the Titans players who said after the game they thought Newton’s dance was over the top.
“Everybody is entitled to their own opinion and I can’t fault her for that,” Newton said. “It is what it is. If she feels offended I apologize to her, but at the end of the day I am who I am.”
High school football players in the Charlotte area have started impersonating Newton’s celebrations, just as they did when he first started his Superman celebration by pretending to rip open his shirt.
“That takes me to a happy place,” Newton said with a wide smile. “I remember when I was in high school and I used to look up to guys that do things and I would try to mimic it. … Now they’re doing the things I’m doing. When I see them doing the celebration that I do, it just makes me happy.”
Newton said he stopped caring about what others thought of him when he was drafted by the Panthers with the No. 1 pick in the 2011 draft.
He’s come to grips with the notion that no matter what he does he’s not going to please everyone.
“As long as you have peace with yourself,” Newton said. “It’s a maturation thing.”