You would think a player that is on the fast rise to prominence and displaying the potential to be the best quarterback in the NFL wouldn’t have time dish out compliments to a guy who can’t hold his jockstrap.

That’s exactly what Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton did recently.

Newton recently admitted to NFL.com that he learned a few things from New York Jets backup quarterback Tim Tebow when both were played for the Florida Gators during college.

“There’s a lot that I’ve learned from Tim and his professionalism,” Newton said. “You know how his approach is to this game and that’s one thing everybody has to respect about him — and I certainly do.”

The two will link up again Sunday night when the Panthers and Jets meet in the third week of the pre-season. Newton went out of his way to emphasize that every game is important and not just a meaningless meeting with against Tebow and the Jets.

“I feel as if every stage is big for us this year,” Newton said. “We have a point to prove and we have to have that chip on our shoulder each and every game.”

My how times have changed. Four-plus years ago, Newton was a raw freshman and Tebow was the man in college football. A star of stars. Today, Newton is on the brink of making this his league...and, well, Tebow is Tebow.

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Glenn Erby is a NFL writer for FootBasket. He also owns the NFL blog, Tha Cover 2. You can read more about him over there. Follow him on Twitter @thacover2.


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