During his press convention this week, Cam Newton’s tune was acquainted.
“Are you ready for some football?” the Carolina Panthers quarterback sang, closing his eyes and nodding as he mimicked the well-known Hank Williams Jr. soccer anthem.
“They had that theme song, from a man that had a cowboy hat on,” he mentioned. “That’s good sauce, good swag right there. You know, I might bring my cowboy hat for Monday night, too.”
The Carolina Panthers (6-Three) will play on soccer’s greatest stage Monday night time, in opposition to the Miami Dolphins (Four-Four).
“It’s every kid’s dream growing up,” mentioned Newton. “Just visualizing playing on Monday night. I can remember me growing up, obviously in Atlanta, and anticipating ‘Monday Night Football.’ I really didn’t understand the sport like that (back then), I just knew it was a big deal.”
Newton finally received his likelihood to wow the prime-time crowd with what head coach Ron Rivera referred to as essentially the most unbelievable run he’d ever seen from the quarterback, in opposition to the New England Patriots in 2013. Newton averted 4 potential takedowns on third down and 7 as he scampered across the area, upending and spinning round Patriots defensive gamers within the course of to get the primary down.
“That’s why I drive my car home with memories, or nightmares, of Cam Newton,” badyst Jon Gruden mentioned on the published that night time.
Breaking off a highlight-reel run has been Newton’s go-to for the final 4 weeks, as he has led the workforce in speeding every sport. But Monday night time, the Panthers have an enormous workforce alternative, too. With a win, Carolina would head into its bye week 7-Three, with another win than the Panthers managed to get all of final season.
Newton thinks that job can get completed on the dirtier facet of these spotlight alternatives.
“These aren’t SportsCenter plays,” he mentioned. “I’m talking about guys sticking their head in, making blocks, knowing their badignments and knowing their roles.”
After tumbling so removed from their Super Bowl berth in 2015, any likelihood the Panthers get to show themselves in prime time carries weight.
“It’s a prime-time game,” mentioned veteran linebacker Thomas Davis. “So it’s important for us to go out and perform well.”
“You know, I might bring my cowboy hat for Monday night, too,” Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, seen above after a sport in Octobor, advised the media this week.
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Salute to Service
Monday night time can also be Carolina’s “Salute to Service” sport, throughout which the workforce honors present and former navy service members.
The households of navy members who gave their lives in service might be honored at halftime of Monday’s sport, whereas lively and former service members might be on the sphere for the nationwide anthem. World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War veterans might be acknowledged within the workforce’s “Row of Honor” part, and troops will lead the workforce onto the sphere.
Four navy members might be honorary coin-toss captains, and a United States Army workers sergeant would be the sport’s “Keep Pounding” drummer.
Carolina Panthers gamers will even put on helmet decals with the initials of fallen service members.
On Sunday through the workforce’s walkthrough, the households of those women and men have been capable of meet and work together with the workforce previous to Monday’s occasions.