The number one pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, Newton was beaming on Thursday night at Radio City Music Hall after receiving the honor of being the number one player taken in the draft
"I'm feel great-- I'm not going to lie to you," he said "I'm ready to get this show on the road right now I understand this is what this process is about.
"It's a warmth in my heart knowing that I'm going to an excellent city and an excellent organization with excellent people around me that's running the organization--Mr Herndon, Coach Rivera--and I'm ready to do some work," the Heisman Trophy winner said.
Cam Newton was a consensus All-American in his one season at Auburn.
Asked if he feels pressure to be the starting quarterback as a rookie, Newton said, "I can't answer that question, but it's a goal for me to consistently challenge myself to be get better on a daily basis I don't know when that call is going to happen, but each day I'm just going to go out and learn something about the offense."
Asked why he can improve on as a quarterback after a record-setting performance last season at Auburn, Newton said, "Just consistency as playing quarterback This whole transition from the collegiate level to the NFL I understand that preparation is going to be key and that's part of the maturation process in this whole transformation I'm willing to make that step and we'll see how it goes."
Newton said he found out 15 minutes before the draft that he would be the choice of the Panthers "As soon as Coach Rivera called me, it warmed my heart knowing that this deal is done and my work to some degree has paid off."
Asked if he was happy to be the first pick, Newton said, "Oh, absolutely I'm more happy to say that with this organization I'm comfortable."
The SEC Offensive Player of the Year said he doesn't feel the need to prove anything to anyone and was asked if he had a message for his critics "I really don't," he said "I understand that they have a job to do and I have a job to do as well And I understand that today everybody is not going to stop (criticizing) and say ‘that's Cam, he's the No 1 pick, leave him alone', more than anything the flood gates have opened officially I'm just going to do what I can control."
Commenting on the experience of being a big part of the draft, Newton said, "It's a celebration not only for me and my family but also for Auburn because they are a part of my family, too.
"I am enjoying this whole process and this whole transition from the collegiate level to the NFL," Newton added. "It's something that I have always wanted to do for my whole entire life and this moment is right now."