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Newton says he's eager to play anywhere

INDIANAPOLIS -- Auburn quarterback Cam Newton said Saturday he's not worried about which team selects him in the NFL Draft.

"I’m just going to go into wherever organization that I’m picked up, I’m going to be lucky," Newton said before a throng of a couple hundred media members during his NFL Scouting Combine interview at Lucas Oil Stadium. "I’m going to be happy because this is a dream I’ve always envisioned myself doing."

Asked specifically about how he would feel about going at No. 3 in the draft to Buffalo or even higher, Newton said: "I’m not focused on that right now. My focus is to try to become the best player I can and on meetings I have here at the combine. I’m going to try to make lasting impressions on these offensive coordinators and these different organizations that will be the deciding factor in picking."

Newton made headlines earlier this week by saying he sees himself as an entertainer and an icon. He made an effort to head off focus on that by making an opening statement in which he said: "The recent comments were made during the announcement of my new endorsement partnership. I was making the point that I want to be the best possible ambassador for them just like I want to be the best possible ambassador for whatever team I am lucky enough to play for. I’m excited to compete this week and you will see me doing everything possible to become the best player that I can possibly be."

Why the need for an opening statement? "I felt it was somewhat misunderstood. It was partly my mistake of not making myself clear and that was my fault," he said.

---Mark Gaughan

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