Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has become a polarizing figure thanks to his touchdown celebrations and as he prepares for Sunday’s NFC Championship Game against the Arizona Cardinals, he has quite the name defending him in future Hall of Famer Terrell Owens.
Owens and Chad Ochocinco set and subsequently raised the bar for touchdown celebrations so often that the NFL actually instituted a rule saying that touchdown celebrations could be deemed excessive and unsportsmanlike conduct. Speaking to USA Today, Owens defended Newton’s celebrations.
“There’s definitely no criticism on my end as far as what he’s done. I’ve said, it was said when people were giving me lot of static about dancing and celebrating: If you don’t want anyone to do it, then you’ve got to stop them from getting in the end zone. It’s part of the game, you’ve got to have fun,” he said.
“Especially Cam, to be the quarterback and leader of the team, most quarterbacks are really looked to as being mild-mannered but they do have their moments where they show a lot of excitement and Cam, I think, is really expressive.”
Owens is right on point. I remember watching his and Ochocinco’s touchdown celebrations and enjoying every second of them. Then, Roger Goodell decided that such celebrations hurt the other teams’ feelings and made them illegal.
The fact is that Newton’s touchdown celebrations are tame in comparison to what Owens and Ochocinco used to do and anyone who criticizes him for celebrating his and his teammates’ success needs to, be blunt, find something else to be insulted by.
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