Cam Newton grew up in the Atlanta area when Michael Vickmania was at its hype. Everyone had a Vick jersey, including Newton.
"Everyone wanted to either wear No. 7, play quarterback, throw left handed, be agile like him, buy his shoes," Newton told Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer.
On Monday night, Newton will face Vick's team in one of the most depressing "Monday Night Football" games in recent history. It should have been a great QB showdown. Instead, it's a matchup of the NFC's two most disappointing teams. Vick will be on the sidelines because of his concussion, while Nick Foles starts for the Eagles.
Newton and Vick have had numerous conversations over the years, with Vick telling Newton to let the game come to him.