Panthers QB Newton keeps proving critics wrong

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Cam Newton remembers all of the criticisms.

He couldn’t read defenses. He threw off his back foot. He wasn’t accurate enough.

The Carolina Panthers second-year quarterback laughs them off these days with a knowing, confident smile.

Newton told The Associated Press on Wednesday that if he based his “career off things people have said that I couldn’t do I would have quit this game a long time ago.”

He is plenty secure in his own skin, not to mention immensely talented in a football uniform.

Newton wowed the naysayers in his first NFL season with a record-setting performance. He captured AP Offensive Rookie of the Year honors and developed into one of the league’s more popular players virtually overnight.

Now everyone wants to see what he does for an encore.