Carolina Panthers’ Jimmy Clausen and Cam Newton attend charity kickball game, will compete for starting job

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Carolina Panthers’ Jimmy Clausen and Cam Newton attend charity kickball game, will compete for starting job

The Carolina Panthers have quite a conundrum on their hands. they can’t decide if they want to continue starting Jimmy Clausen, who was drafted 48th overall in the second round of the 2010 National Football League (NFL) Draft or go with their number one overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, Cam Newton, former starting quarterback for Auburn University.

Clausen wore the number two jersey while starting for the Panthers last season and Newton wore it while leading the Auburn Tigers to the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) national title last year. But both of them cannot wear the same number this year.

However, that problem will be dealt with once a new collective bargaining agreement is reached. Until then, the two quarterbacks have at least agreed on one thing: to get along until the time comes to compete against each other.

Both players attended a charity kickball game that was held to raise money to fight cystic fibrosis, which “is an inherited disease that causes thick, sticky mucus to build up in the lungs and digestive tract,” according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information website. The event was organized by Clausen and Newton’s teammate, left tackle Jordan Gross.

A report said that Newton did not go to Charlotte, North Carolina to participate in any athletic event but spent time at third base, wearing dress shoes, a T-shirt and khakis. He also answered questions from fans before he left the event to attend a flight. When he was asked how he could throw the football so far, he replied “Wheaties and milk.”

When he was asked how many Super Bowls he expects to win with the Panthers, he said simply “Let’s just say a lot.”

Even though Clausen welcomed Newton to Charlotte with a Twitter post and a private text message, he will not give up his number two jersey to Newton without a fight. He was asked what was the price that Newton needed to pay to acquire the jersey but Clausen just said “We’ll see what happens,” with a smile.

Clausen was thrust into the starting quarterback position last season and was not able to cope with the pressure, throwing only three touchdowns with nine interceptions, resulting in the lowest passer rating in the league. Things didn’t become easier for him as time went on with Gary Wichard, his agent, passing away in March due to cancer. Aside from that, his starting quarterback position is in jeopardy after Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said that he will have to compete with Newton for the job.

"That's all I can ask for is a chance to compete. It's going to be fun working with Cam and just competing each and every day," Clausen said.