First his favored team lost 24–10 in Super Bowl 50 to the Denver Broncos on Feb. 7. Then he was criticized by some for walking out of his postgame press conference after roughly three minutes.
Maybe he just needed a good motivational speech from Andy Griffith to cheer him up and help him deal with losing.
At least someone thought it would be a good—or at least funny—idea. Here’s the video:
Said Newton, according to the Charlotte Observer on Tuesday—two days after the Super Bowl loss: “I’ve been on record to say I’m a sore loser. Who likes to lose? You show me a good loser and I’m going to show you a loser.”
Of course it’s probably hard for someone like Newton to deal with losing given how successful he’s been.
The first overall pick of the 2011 NFL Draft, Newton was a starter for just one year in college (Auburn 2010) and made it count. The 6-foot-6, 260-pound dual-threat quarterback won the Heisman Trophy while leading the 14–0 Tigers to a national championship.
Through five seasons in the NFL, he’s lead the Panthers to three playoff appearances and one NFC Championship while bringing home the 2015 NFL MVP award.
He’s still human though.
“Well I ain’t got no more tears to cry,” said Newton.
Of course Newton has heard the comparisons to Russell Wilson who threw the costliest interception in Super Bowl history last year and then Peyton Manning who was on the wrong end of a 35-point blowout two years ago and how they still faced the media afterward.
“I’ve heard numerous quotes about, ‘What if this person was in this situation? How would he have handled it? Well we’ve seen this person do that, how would he have handled it?’ The truth of the matter is I’m not trying to be that person, nor am I trying to be that person.”
Here is some of Cam: pic.twitter.com/iju8rRYdc2
— Steve Reed (@SteveReedAP) February 9, 2016
Newton, for better or for worse, isn’t Wilson or Manning. But at least one clever video editor thought it’d be funny to see him as Opie Taylor.