- After scoring a touchdown last weekend, Cam Newton declared that he is back.
- Now, after losing to Washington, he is getting mocked by opponents for his claims.
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Cam Newton’s first game back as the starter for the Panthers did not go as he had hoped. After the game, his opponents got their money’s worth.
32-year-old Newton spent the first eight years of his career with Carolina before being let go in 2019. When Sam Darnold was declared out for the season with an injury, the team quickly scrambled to find his replacement.
After a few failed attempts, the Panthers, tucked tail, turned back the clock and signed Newton as a free agent. He made his debut with the team on the road last weekend in a win over Arizona but was not the starter.
Ahead of Newton was P.J. Walker. However, Newton saw limited snaps in the 24-point win and scored two touchdowns.
As a result of his performance, the former Heisman Trophy winner was named the starter for Sunday’s home game against Washington and his former head coach Ron Rivera. Upon being introduced back in front of a Panthers crowd, Newton was welcomed with a resounding ovation.
Newton was soaking it all up.
— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) November 21, 2021
And then, after scoring a touchdown, he brought back his signature Superman celebration. However, he did so in very loud fashion, running to the 50-yard-line and planting the football on the midfield logo.
Carolina then went on to lose 27-21. Oops.
Following the game, Washington players were very fired up and decided to troll Newton as they went into the locker room.
A VERY happy Washington Football Team heading into the locker room right now…
Overheard one player shout:
“I thought he was BACK?!”
— KimberLEY A. Martin (@ByKimberleyA) November 21, 2021
The player was referring to Newton’s first touchdown celebration of the 2021 season against Arizona. He scored, took off his helmet (he was flagged for doing so), and yelled “I’M BAAAAACK!!!!”
Now, seven days later, he is getting trolled by his opponents for claiming he was back and then losing. Tough scene for Newton and Carolina.