By NICHOLAS BRUENS
The Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers faced off at the NFL Kick Off in a rematch of Super Bowl 50.
This game was much anticipated as these teams played a gritty, grind-it-out game in the Super Bowl. Many were expecting a similar game in the rematch. But despite these anticipations, quarterback Cam Newton did not share these feelings.
“It’s not a rematch,” Newton told the Associated Press, “It’s just our next opponent.”
Despite Newton’s feelings, he played the Broncos, the same team that beat him for the Lombardi trophy, on NBC in Primetime.
The high amount news media attention drawn to this event was expected due to the importance of this game. It marks the beginning of the 2016 season of the NFL which is the highest grossing professional sports league in the United States.
Also, the game features Newton, who is arguably the most marketable player in the league and reigning MVP. A player of his charisma is bound to draw attention and therefore media.
Finally, media was tuned in to see if any players would partake in the Colin Kaepernick’s demonstration of not standing for the American flag. Linebacker Brandon Marshall was the only player to do so.
The Broncos released a statement acknowledging there stance on the matter.
“While we encourage members of our organization to stand during the national anthem, we understand and respect it being a personal decision,” said the Broncos in their statement to NBC.
The multiple personalities and story lines heading into his game have created a perfect melting pot for media follow.
Cam and the Panthers were unable to change the outcome as the Broncos repeated their success with a 21-20 victory.