MVP Newton turns focus to 2016, away from Super Bowl loss

Carolina Panthers' Cam Newton responds during a press conference at the NFL football team's training camp in Spartanburg, S.C., Friday, July 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) – Cam Newton’s stellar 2015 season helped him become the first Carolina Panthers player to earn NFL MVP honors.

Coach Ron Rivera thinks the quarterback’s encore season could be even better.

“To expect him to do more, people say, ‘Aw, you’re crazy,'” Rivera said. “But for him there always has to be that carrot, there always has to be that challenge. And I really do feel that he could even get better.”

Newton agrees.

Wearing a black straw hat with pins attached to it, Newton told reporters Friday that he’s excited to back at training camp where he can focus on football after an “excruciating” offseason spent filming his new kids’ TV show, “All in with Cam Newton,” and running his many volunteer events, including a 7-on-7 football tournament and kickball tournament.

He also said he’s put Carolina’s disappointing 24-10 Super Bowl loss to the Denver Broncos – and his much-criticized post-game news conference – behind him.

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