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Von Miller compares Cam Newton to Stephen Curry


Making the comparison that Cam Newton is the LeBron James of the NFL — or LeBron James is the Cam Newton of the NBA, according to Newton — is yesterday’s news in the rapidly changing Super Bowl 50 media cycle.

Thanks to Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller, the discussion may now turn to whether a more apropos comparison between the Carolina Panthers quarterback and an NBA superstar would be to liken Newton’s unique set of talents to that of Golden State Warriors sharpshooter Stephen Curry.

“When you’ve got a guy like that that’s trying to score on you every single time, it’s kind of like Steph Curry,” Miller said of Newton on Thursday, via Tom Pelissero. “He’s trying to take the big one every time.”

What makes the comparison perhaps even more interesting is how Curry is a die-hard Panthers fan going back to his childhood growing up in Charlotte and that he and Newton have become friends.

Going back to Miller’s observations, he helped articulate his point by contrasting Newton to the “sharp and quick” Tom Brady, who methodically picks apart defenses. Newton, on the other hand, “is truly trying to get the ball in his hands and put it in the exact right spot to go the distance.”

“Tom Brady, he’s so sharp and quick, and Cam can be that as well,” he said. “But their style of offense of getting it down the field, pushing it down the field, trying to put as many points on the board (as possible).”

Newton and Miller were the first- and second-overall picks, respectively, in the 2011 NFL Draft. Miller indicated the two exchanged jerseys a few years back. But that friendliness will be set aside for three-plus hours on Sunday night.

“I will be back to Von that I’m always. It’s not going to stop me at all,” he said. “On the field, you’ve got to have a switch to turn off and on to be great. … I’m a fan now, and I’ll be a fan after the game. But I’ll be the other guy during the game.”