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Cam Newton ready to push himself

Updated: April 29, 2011, 11:31 PM ET
Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Before signing off on the decision to draft Cam Newton No. 1 overall, Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson invited the former Auburn quarterback to his home and pulled out a letter from a fan.

"In that letter," explained Newton, "the person said, 'Mr. Richardson, can you please ask Cam Newton if he wants to be great?' "

A day after the Panthers gambled that Newton does have the drive to be a franchise quarterback, Newton stood at a podium on Friday in ...

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