Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton attended the Under Armour All-America High School Football Game Thursday night wearing a new T-shirt that said, “Fear Me.”
Under Armour created it for Newton, who endorses the brand. It shows two hands ripping open the shirt to reveal the words.
It’s designed to showcase Newton’s trademark Superman pose and certainly plays off his desire to be an entertainer and icon.
Newton wore the T-shirt on the same day that Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said he wants his rookie quarterback to take greater ownership of the team next season.
“I think the one thing is his leadership, just keep developing that,” Rivera said. “We always talked about how respectful he was to the veteran guys. He didn’t want to step on people’s toes or get in people’s way.”
“I told him, ‘You’ll be the veteran,’” Rivera said.
It looks like Newton is already sending a message for next season with that T-shirt.
Newton became the first quarterback in NFL history to pass for 4,000 yards and rush for 500 yards in the same season.
He also holds the NFL quarterback record for most rushing touchdowns in a single season with 14.