Cam Newton: Jersey number irrelevant

Updated: May 21, 2011, 6:38 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

The No. 1 pick in the NFL draft isn't concerned with numbers.

Jersey numbers, that is.

Cam Newton said he doesn't care which jersey number he wears for the Carolina Panthers. Newton wore No. 2 in college, the same number second-year quarterback Jimmy Clausen sports for Carolina.

"I really don't care. It's just a number to me," Newton told NFL.com, according to a report on profootballtalk.com. "Gossip sells, and I understand that with people hearing I wore No. 2 in college, and Jimmy [Clausen] has it right now, [but] it's not a big deal to me. I just want to get that out of the way and throw it out there. It's not the number. It's the person wearing it."

Clausen has previously said he doesn't plan to give up No. 2.

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