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Is Cam Newton already an icon?

SI.com's Peter King spoke with Auburn quarterback Cam Newton via phone this week and then tweeted a memorable quote:

"I see myself not only as a football player, but an entertainer and icon," Newton told King.

I assume we'll soon read more from this interview, but it sounds like that was a rough moment for Newton. As King points out, I'm not sure NFL decision makers want to hear about Newton's future as an icon. It's OK to aim high, but it's also fine to use some discretion.

Newton will be one of the most scrutinized players we've seen in years. He can start working on becoming an icon -- after he lands a starting job in a couple years. Does that quote rub anyone else the wrong way?

Maybe Newton should keep the icon stuff to himself when he visits with Redskins coach Mike Shanahan.