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April 17, 2024 13 mins

Today’s guest Cam Newton, YouTuber and 2015 NFL MVP joins host Tommi A. Vincent on Radio Row during Super Bowl LVIII to discuss the importance of family, unity, being authentic, the weight of being Cam Newton and more.

Cam Newton is firm in his beliefs and committed to being authentically who he is. A few of Cam Newton’s highlights:

  • 2015 NFL MVP
  • NFL leader in career quarterback rushing touchdowns and second in career quarterback rushing yards
  • To date, Cam is the largest NFL Youtuber.
  • Heisman Trophy Winner

Host: Tommi A. Vincent  

Guests: Cam Newton

Produced by: Tommi A. Vincent, Dimitri Golden, and Motion Hue Productions

Music By: Stichiz - Big T. Music / Roj & Twinkie

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Speaker 1 (00:00):
Sitting with us at the table.

Speaker 2 (00:02):
We have Cam Newton, content creator and former NFL player.

Speaker 1 (00:08):
Enjoy our conversation.

Speaker 2 (00:10):
Take a seat, get comfortable because it's time to stay
a while. I'm your host, Tommy Vincent, and today we
have Cam.

Speaker 1 (00:19):
At the table.

Speaker 3 (00:21):
Thank you so much for having me.

Speaker 2 (00:22):
So we have our son Tanner, who's here right here.
That's Tanner, he's at VCU. And then Hadassa, she's at Spellman.
And then all I have five kiss hold on beautiful
seventh grandchildren.

Speaker 3 (00:38):
Y'all.

Speaker 4 (00:38):
Look, I got seven children, children going on the way,
so God willing is eight. So I've always seen my
seventy year old self for Thanksgiving and the holidays, a house.

Speaker 3 (00:55):
Full of people. That's the only thing that makes me happen.
And yeah like that as a whole.

Speaker 4 (01:02):
That thought gets me to why I can walk away
from not only the game, but walk away from you know,
my kids, knowing that I'm doing something to best suit
than the laws.

Speaker 2 (01:15):
Let's talk about what you just said about Thanksgiving and
clearly you have a vision for what that looks like
for your family.

Speaker 1 (01:21):
Where did that vision come from?

Speaker 4 (01:23):
I come from family, And if we didn't have anything else,
we had each other going up in Atlanta, where I
would not say we were poor, but I knew we
didn't have what most people had.

Speaker 3 (01:43):
And my father, my mother and my grandmother was able to.

Speaker 4 (01:47):
Provide a foundation of truth, a foundation of honesty, a
foundation of religion and Christ that it's stuck with everybody.
My mom had three boys. I'm the middle, and my
cousin's relationship with me was almost brother sibling life. And

(02:12):
the best times were not just the.

Speaker 3 (02:15):
Holidays, but our ability to get our.

Speaker 4 (02:20):
Aunties to let us spend the night or get them
to spend a night over our house or whatever. And
that's all we knew. Like that that was something that
didn't cost anything. It was like those experiences up there,
you remember when not who go go down there and
get the covers for the palette or you know, hey
I do that?

Speaker 3 (02:37):
What if I go get it?

Speaker 4 (02:38):
You gotta fold up the you know those things is
something that as you grow old and you say, what
has dominion.

Speaker 3 (02:50):
Over my life outside of my religion, it's family.

Speaker 1 (02:56):
Well, family is everything to me.

Speaker 2 (02:59):
We have our family, lifestyle brand Vincent Country, and our
three pillars are our faith, our family, and food. So
when you talked about Thanksgiving, that really resonated with me because.

Speaker 1 (03:12):
The table means everything to me. Who saved my life?

Speaker 2 (03:16):
And I recognized early on that my grandmother's table, it
did so much for everybody, and she had a community table.
So regardless of all the things that were taking place,
all the craziness and life happening all around us, no

(03:36):
matter what, when people came into my grandmother's kitchen, there
was just this.

Speaker 1 (03:41):
Thease and healing that I felt happening.

Speaker 2 (03:45):
So for me, when I had my family one, I
had some things I knew I didn't want to bring
forward into my family's life. But one of the things
that I knew was a musk was our ability to
gather at the tape. So when you think about your
seven children and that vision you have for Thanksgiving, it

(04:12):
what is the emotion you want your children to experience
that they will carry forward even when you're not here?

Speaker 3 (04:22):
Unity And I speak open about my situation.

Speaker 4 (04:29):
My life really turned when I had a child outside
of my relationship raw But truth, what America or what
society would have wanted me to do is have a
hush child or not give him the same attention that.

Speaker 3 (04:52):
Other children that I already had. And that's not how
it was raised. I would have thought in my religion.

Speaker 4 (05:01):
I have the white kids, white piggot fence, you know, hardworking,
you know, huxtable lifestyle. But that really wasn't what it was.
When Caesar Lorenzo Newton came into this world. His purpose

(05:21):
was more for me to understand it's okay to be authentic,
but you have to owe a service to being aware
to how to deliver your message, knowing the difference. As
we're talking about analogies for the table, knowing one to
serve it with vinegar or to serve it with honey,

(05:43):
treat different seasonings. But unity is everything to move and
I would say I would have a blended family, but
when the kids are united, that never leaves. And it
was that's the pass down, like we always say in
our culture, is passed down trauma. But that will be

(06:06):
a pass down tradition that I hope that was set
forth way before me, the.

Speaker 1 (06:12):
Tradition of unity.

Speaker 3 (06:14):
Correct.

Speaker 2 (06:16):
So you had your son and it wasn't a hush
child in the process, there was other people heard in
the process.

Speaker 3 (06:27):
Correct of that?

Speaker 2 (06:29):
So how did you manage loving someone that means a
great deal to you in which you know there may
have been some repentance, if you will, because of how
you made them feel and love this beautiful sign that
came into the world as well. How did you do

(06:51):
that so that you were caring for both of those individuals.

Speaker 3 (06:55):
The thing is a lot of people don't soul search.

Speaker 1 (07:03):
What does that mean? Soul searching?

Speaker 3 (07:05):
You gotta heal. I was carrying on.

Speaker 4 (07:11):
Or masking issues that I didn't even know was real issues.

Speaker 3 (07:16):
Right. I felt pressure from my family, natural pressure that
why you're not married.

Speaker 4 (07:27):
Or while other people struggling and you know you're not
Like these are real issues that as a person of
influence of having a following that you suffer internally.

Speaker 3 (07:39):
This is like the Civil War.

Speaker 4 (07:41):
On top of that, the ability to relate to somebody
is no longer in the reil. Here's a person at
the age of really nineteen and twenty, I was the
man of my household with my father still being in
the house, soul as the rock. Still to this day,

(08:04):
my father is the most influential person in my life.

Speaker 1 (08:07):
Now, when you say at nineteen you were you were
the man.

Speaker 2 (08:10):
Of the household, the source just because of the provision
that you were providing for the family.

Speaker 4 (08:15):
Absolutely okay. And not only that, the name, Yes, it's
like Cam Newton. My brother's name is Klan. That last
name Newton will always bring him back to like, yo
you related to Yeah, that's my brother, my older brother, Cecil.

Speaker 3 (08:33):
He's a junior, so C J. Newton, it would be
like yo, you related to? Yes.

Speaker 4 (08:38):
So when I say the man of the family, my
father even knew you're going to change the trajectory of
this family because.

Speaker 3 (08:47):
Of their old field success.

Speaker 4 (08:49):
But you're going to impact the world with your off
field success.

Speaker 3 (08:52):
And that's what's really what's happening now.

Speaker 4 (08:54):
But you know, to my point of just unity, it's
so essential for that soul searching to happen in a
way that you really heal. And I knew I hurt.
I knew that being in their committed situation. I stepped

(09:16):
out and there there's emotional stars there. Being mature and
understanding is something that it comes with maturity. Maturity and
as my dad would always say, with a lot of
issues that come up, I would always say.

Speaker 3 (09:33):
Pop man bah.

Speaker 4 (09:36):
His odd thing that he would always say is still
to this day is keep living son, keep living with
with everything that's going on, you will understand that Solomon's
prayer or.

Speaker 3 (09:55):
The gift that God gave Solomon was to be wise right.

Speaker 4 (10:01):
So for me, that comes through experiences, and when I
go through experiences, I not only am able to lead
with direction, I'm also able to lead with humility to say,
you know what, I apologize that.

Speaker 3 (10:14):
I know I hurt you.

Speaker 4 (10:16):
I don't know where it will go, but I just
want you to know I know I hurt you and
I'm sorry, and that as an alpha male of nasculine
mail in this world of NFL can sometimes be the
hardest thing for people to do. It was hard for
me to do it. But at the end of the day,
when you're at peace with yourself, all the other outside

(10:40):
noise doesn't necessarily murder.

Speaker 2 (10:43):
So I know that we're short on time, but I
want to ask you. I know that you made the
declaration that you're not a football player and you're a YouTuber,
and clearly I know, clerk, that's not who you are.
So given those two aspects of your life, your you know,

(11:04):
ability to have this stellar NFL career as a professional
football player and your success online.

Speaker 1 (11:13):
If you were to strip all that stuff away, who
is Cam Newton.

Speaker 4 (11:19):
A hands on father that's mad right now that I'm
not able to see my sir and my daughter's basketball game.

Speaker 3 (11:30):
Like I'm that dad.

Speaker 4 (11:34):
And even then, I think a lot of parents kind
of get in trouble with just being overly excited because
I'm also that father to say some fits your energy,
let's go, come on, is your energy pitch your body language?

Speaker 3 (11:45):
I'm not dad, and I think for me, it's all
about understanding who you are, and honestly, for me, no
matter where I am and who I am and.

Speaker 4 (12:01):
What you think of me, I know that I'm not
for everybody, and that's okay. I'm not expected to make
everybody feel like yo, like.

Speaker 3 (12:13):
I can only be me. And if you feel that
with me being me, you're my kind.

Speaker 4 (12:19):
It runs deeper than race, it runs deeper than ethnicity,
it runs deeper than religion, it runs deeper.

Speaker 3 (12:25):
Than age or whatever. It's the ability to say.

Speaker 4 (12:30):
I can agree with that. And that's all I try
to do. I stay authentically me and like my dad say.

Speaker 1 (12:40):
Listen, keep living, just keep living.

Speaker 2 (12:43):
So Cam, I want to thank you for your time
today and joining me at the stale wild table and
having conversation, and I wish want to wish you all
the best and all the things that you endeavor to do,
and I encourage you to continue to.

Speaker 3 (12:58):
Be thank you, and I'll say this as my last words.

Speaker 4 (13:03):
I appreciate these kind of conversations. And I tend to
get these conversations more from women than men because it's
that ability to bring out real emotions and perspective. It
tends to come from you, guys rather than givers, right,
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