Tierney: Panthers "Petty" For Omitting Cam Newton

Cam Newton might be the greatest player in Panthers history, but Carolina doesn't even think he's top three

Tiki and Tierney
June 18, 2020 - 6:55 pm

On Wednesday, the Carolina Panthers asked fans on Twitter to name the greatest player in franchise history. Unfortunately, Cam Newton wasn’t an option.

Fans had three choices: Julius Peppers, Steve Smith Sr., and Luke Kuechly.

How did the Panthers omit their only NFL MVP in franchise history?

“I don’t think [they were] intentionally trying to throw shade at Cam Newton, but how are they not throwing shade at Cam Newton?” Tiki Barber asked in disbelief on Tiki & Tierney. “I think [it’s] because the situation feels unresolved, the situation with him [in] Carolina and how it ended. But I could also say the same for Steve Smith Sr. That didn’t end well with Dave Gettleman basically saying, ‘We don’t want you anymore. You’re not good enough.’ But he’s still viewed as one of the greatest ever.”

Indeed, Smith played 13 seasons for the Panthers, catching 836 passes for 12,197 yards and 67 touchdowns. He was a two-time first-team All-Pro, a five-time Pro Bowler and helped the Panthers to an appearance in Super Bowl XXXVIII in February 2004.

Newton, meanwhile, was the first overall pick in 2011. He was league MVP in 2015, when he accounted for 45 touchdowns (35 passing, 10 rushing) to just 10 interceptions. He also led Carolina to a Super Bowl appearance. 

“This makes no sense, to be honest with you,” Barber said. “To not include a quarterback in a 25-year history – there’s only 25 years of the Carolina Panthers. He led [them to] 15 wins [in 2015]. He’s the [franchise’s] only MVP. To not include him is either an oversight or you’re trying to be sensitive to the circumstances surrounding his departure.”

Brandon Tierney took it a step further.

“It’s a petty move,” he said. “I don’t think it was an intern just being a little bored and an unintentional omission. I believe this was a calculated move. For what reason, I have no idea.”

Neither does Barber.

“That’s what I can’t understand because there’s no way you can forget about him,” Barber said. “There’s no way you can forget about Cam Newton.”