Cam Newton can't even pretend. He's still an Atlanta kid at his core.
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Newton, speaking at his foundation's "Fun Day" at a YMCA in southwest Atlanta, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he still pulls for the Falcons when he's not playing them.
"It's always a heavily critiqued game," Newton said of the Falcons-Panthers divisional matchup. "I've always been a Falcons fan, and I'm still a Falcons fan except for those two times a year.
Overwrought Carolina Panthers fans might take issue with the quarterback's comments, but Newton is just being honest. Fans should understand better than anyone that your childhood team is your team for life. It shows that Newton actually is an NFL fan, unlike a lot of players.
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