Basketball rescued Isaiah Williams from tough New Jersey streets where violence and murder were a part of life. Twenty-four close friends of his weren't so lucky.

The Iona hoops star comes from an infamous neighborhood in Newark called "The Jungle," and he wasn't always sure he would live to be a grown-up. As reporter Matthew Stanmyre reveals in a feature published by NJ.com, Williams keeps a list on his phone of the loved ones taken away from him by violence.

At the same time, he worries about a similar fate for his younger brother, Kevin. Those close to Isaiah say his fear of another loved one dying has him in a perpetual state of fear. Every text his phone receives sends him into a panic.

"I'd probably be done [if Kevin died]," Isaiah says through tears to NJ.com. "I probably can't take it no more."

Williams' story is one of escape -- or rather, an inability to fully escape. Basketball helped him leave The Jungle, but with loved ones still stuck in the neighborhood, he can't fully escape -- not emotionally, and sometimes not physically, either. NJ.com reports that he briefly left Iona at one point to return home and keep a watchful eye over Kevin, although he later returned.

Even now, as he leads his team toward a possible conference championship and NCAA tournament berth, Williams doesn't feel like he's actually escaped. He's in a different place geographically, but he remains close to the source of The Jungle's pain.

Growing up, Williams' mother made every effort to keep her boys inside and safe. She bought a mini-basketball hoop and invested into video games, which were safer than playing outside. But Isaiah was determined to play basketball on the outdoor courts. It was out there that he punched a ticket out of the neighborhood through a college basketball scholarship.

At first, that was a ticket he didn't want to accept.

"I had an 'I-don't-give-a-(damn) attitude' where I don't care about school,'" he tells NJ.com. "'I'm not going to school. Nobody can make me go to school.'"

Williams ultimately did, and his past was winding: He needed post-graduate year before entering college and played at two different schools before arriving at Iona. Along the way, various tragedies back home interrupted his ascent and kept the reality of his upbringing ever-close, but he has overcome those challenges to flourish as a junior, averaging 13.5 points while shooting 51 percent from the floor.

He's been a big part of Iona's success. And it gets better: Kevin and his mother attend as many games as they can. They're able to witness his success, while he can look behind the team's bench and see that both of them are safe.

With the clock winding down at the end of the first half, Katy Perry's Super Bowl halftime show was in deep trouble.

The production was saved at the last minute by an unlikely hero: Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll.

As Sports Illustrated details, the coach's aggressive play-calling and decision to go for a touchdown instead of running out the clock was the difference between a successful halftime show and one that would have been ruined by a sun that hadn't quite set.

Perry's production was designed to be displayed against a dark sky. But the first half of Super Bowl XLIX was played at such a fast pace that the organizers realized they were on pace to perform while it was still bright out.

In fact, it seemed at one point that the show would most certainly be performed in the light. It took three scoring drives to stretch out the first half. The last critical drive -- started with 31 seconds left before halftime, and when the Seahawks could have easily kneeled down and gone to the locker room -- involved three timeouts and one stoppage in play.

Even then, the halftime crew barely made it.

"We made darkness by something like 25 seconds,” said Katy Perry's creative partner, Baz Halpin, to SI. "For months and months, I never panicked. Then the game was so fast -- how did we not think about the sun? It was a miracle."

Here is a detailed illustration from Sports Illustrated about how intricate the production was:

If only Sebastián Fernández's former classmates could see him now.

Sebastián, 14, is gearing up to run the Los Angeles Marathon on March 15. He plans to participate in the event partly because he enjoys running but also to prove to himself and others that his disability is not enough to stop him from completing such a rigorous physical task.

Diagnosed with cerebral palsy at eight months old, Sebastián is partially paralyzed on the right side of his body. He tells HOY Los Angeles that he was teased by many of his elementary school classmates, and the bullying didn't stop after repeated pleas to teachers and administrators.

Now Sebastián is at a more supportive school, and he says the encouragement of his classmates and his mom were important in his decision to run the marathon.

"When I was in seventh grade, I wasn't sure I wanted to do it," Sebastián told HOY Los Angeles. "But now in eighth grade I thought about it more and I felt like I could do it. My mom liked the idea of running the marathon, and she told me it would be good for me and that it would make her proud."

Sebastián mother, Izela Haro, won't be the only one beaming with joy on race day. Here's a look at Sebastián's story and the teachers who have supported him along the way:

Ron Shapiro has represented Hall of Fame players, helped settle a major symphony orchestra strike, diffused racial tension in a metropolitan police department, raised millions of dollars for charitable causes and assisted in ending Major League Baseball's historic labor deadlock. In his recently released and revised classic, The Power of Nice: How to Negotiate So Everyone Wins - Especially You!, he demonstrates the value and practicality of his systematic approach to negotiation -- the 3 P’s: Prepare, Probe, Propose. The following excerpt illustrates elements of the third P -- Propose.

As Cal Ripken's consecutive game streak started to edge toward record levels -- after he passed 1,200 games, then 1,500, and 1,700 -- people would approach Cal, through me, to ask if he would write a book about his career. Each time they asked me, I asked Cal. And each time, he said, "No, Ron, not yet." He didn't want anything to interrupt his full concentration on his job or detract from his ability to perform on the field, game after game.

After he passed the 1,800-game mark, I asked him about a book again. Again, he said, "No, Ron, not yet." The last thing he wanted to do was write about a consecutive game streak because he didn't play for a streak. He played every game because, in Cal's own words, it's "the only way I know." Even after he played in 2,000 games, and people came to me to ask about the book, Cal still said, "No, Ron, not yet."

Then, on September 5, 1995, Cal Ripken, Jr., played in his 2,131st consecutive baseball game, breaking Iron Man Lou Gehrig's record. When the streak was formally announced, in the fifth inning, the sellout crowd at Camden Yards rose spontaneously and erupted into a 50,000-fan cheer. (The notables and celebrities in attendance are too numerous to list, but among those standing and cheering was the President of the United States.) After 10 solid minutes of ovation, Cal's teammates literally pushed him out of the dugout and onto the field to fulfill the fans' need to see their hero. Still, they wouldn’t quiet down. Finally, in an effort to satisfy the roaring, clapping, stomping crowd, Cal lapped the field, waving and smiling to the fans. When he came around the third base side of the field, just above the Orioles dugout, he leaned over to my box, hugged me, and whispered in my ear,"Okay, Ron, now."

Okay, maybe I embellished a little when it came to the whispered statement. Just the same, it was after Cal's record-breaking feat that we began to pursue the book in earnest. First, we narrowed the field of publishers down to the two we thought best.

We had a favorite but we wanted a solid alternate candidate to strengthen our position and increase our bargaining power. I made appointments in New York with both, scheduling the favorite first thing in the morning and the other for a lunch meeting. I wanted to be able to honestly say to the first publisher, "We have to leave for a meeting with another publisher."

Before the meetings I prepared, researching precedents of the advances paid to sports figures and other superstars for this type of mega-book. I found that for sports stars, the up-front money for such a book was in the $500,000 range. We knew, in Cal, we had someone who was a star even among stars so we set our sights high and decided to ask for $700,000.

But rather than walk in and say, "We want $700,000," we went to the meeting, asked questions, listened, and waited for the publisher to put a figure on the table. We followed the first rule we’ll deal with in this chapter: Don’t make the first offer. We said, "You're the experts; you know the market. We just know baseball. You tell us." The first publisher’s initial offer was $750,000.

Imagine if we had gone first. What if we had crossed our fingers and said, "Gee, we want $700,000.” We’d have already left $50,000 on the table and this was only their opening offer. So, when they said $750,000, did I leap across the table, shake their hands, grin from ear to ear and say, "Deal!"? No. We followed the second rule we’ll talk about in this chapter. Don't (immediately) accept the first offer. If I had jumped at that first offer, what do you think the publisher would have thought? Buyer's remorse. "Uh-oh, I paid too much." And if I had jumped at the offer, I also might never have learned what our potential was. I took a lesson from Hank Peters when he sat across from me in the Brooks Robinson deal. I said to the publisher, "I'll get back to you."

We went to the second meeting, with the second publisher, and learned that it too, had a high interest. It appeared they would be willing to pay as much or more than the first publishing house. But, since we maintained our leaning toward the first, we didn’t even push for a detailed offer from the second. Instead, we used our time to think and plan our next step.

When we got back to Baltimore from New York to take stock of our situation, we discovered that Cal's endorsement and licensing value was skyrocketing daily. Hundreds of inquiries and offers were pouring in. Realizing that Cal Ripken’s market value was reaching extraordinary levels, we revised our goal to a $1 million book advance, double what the precedents had indicated.

It so happened that the editor from the publishing house was an old friend. I suppose I could have said to her, "We know each other. Let’s not play games. Let's not beat around the bush. We want $1 million." But I recognized human nature, even among old friends. (And I didn’t succumb to the temptation to go right to the bottom line, which we too often do out of fear of rejection.) Instead, we formulated our counteroffer to their opener of $750,000 and asked for $1,250,000. And we never forgot the proverb that says, "Many things are lost for want of asking," and followed the third rule of this chapter: Aim high.

Eventually we signed a deal with the $1 million advance we wanted (plus some assistance to the Ripken Foundation). The negotiation for Cal’s book was a textbook example of the third P: Propose. We didn’t make the first offer. We didn’t grab their first offer. We aimed high.

***

The Three Rules Behind Propose

Try Not to Make the First Offer
When the other side does make the first offer, you can learn from them going first. You have a goal in mind. You expect to have to work your way up to it. But, the other side may meet or exceed it with their first offer. You might even be able to revise your expectations further upward as the negotiations continue. If you had gone first, you might have set your sights too low.

If you get a low offer, even if it’s far less than you hoped for, now you have a floor, a minimum from which to build. In fact, a low offer may suggest you try to achieve your goals creatively. Let's say you wanted to sell a business for a given price but the other side’s initial offer is so low it’s apparent, no matter how much you can inch it up, the purchase price alone won’t be enough.

Maybe you should pursue different or faster payment terms, retaining ownership, noncash remuneration such as in-kind services or other goods, or other imaginative ways to reach your goals. The knowledge you gain by the other side opening the bidding is invaluable in determining the course of the negotiation.

Don't (Immediately) Accept Their First Offer

If you grab the first offer, the other side’s first thought is likely to be that they offered too much, too good a deal, too high a price, too something. Since you are in the process of negotiating, they'll start finding ways to "unoffer" what they offered, to add conditions, subtract payment, to work their way down to where they’re more comfortable.

And chances are, their first offer is not their best offer. Wait a little. Let the negotiations play out. Ask questions. Suggest alternatives. Counter. You’ll soon see how far they are able to go. You’ll learn which parts of their offer are flexible and which are immovable. The very worst you can do, assuming their offer is still on the table, is end up where they started. You can accept their first offer later, not immediately, after you know it's the best you can do.

Set Your Aspirations High

If you expect little, you are liable to reach your goals. I’m losing money on this building. If I could just get what I paid and get out, I’d be relieved. Fine. But what if the building is worth more to someone else than it is to you?

If you set your expectations higher, you’ll often reach them. Say you're selling ad space in a program and the deadline is approaching, but you still have one page unsold. Aim low and you’re just looking for anyone who’s willing to buy that last page at any reasonable price. Aim high and you have a virtually sold-out program with only one page left. Who will pay enough to get it? Negotiators who ask for more, get more.

Caution: It's not enough to aim high; you must ask high -- not arbitrarily, but with reason (use precedents). Have you ever set a high goal in your mind, only to reduce that goal the moment you got to the negotiation table because you were afraid of rejection? We all have. When faced with this situation, write down on your Preparation Checklist the old English proverb, "Much is lost for want of asking." When the time comes to make your offer or "ask," reread that statement and bolster your confidence. There's no reason to fear that rejection. At worst, you’ll be where you are now. At best, who knows? And, further build your confidence by scripting.

Encouraging the Other Side to Make the First Offer

How do you get them to go first, especially when they want you to go first? And how do you do it without ending up in a verbal standoff?

"You go first!"
"No, you go first!"
"No way. I asked you to go first, first!"

Defer to the other side's expertise. They may have more experience in the category than you do. Instead of being intimidated, use that to your advantage to gain knowledge. You're in the real estate business. I'm a manufacturer who happens to own one piece of property that my business no longer needs. You tell me what an industrial park site of this size is worth. Use their experience as a basis for fairness or objectivity. "You've done more deals of this type than we have. What are the going terms in similar deals? What’s fair?"

-- Excerpted by permission of the publisher, Wiley, from The Power of Nice: How to Negotiate So Everyone Wins - Especially You! (Revised and Updated) by Ronald M. Shapiro. Copyright (c) 2015 by Shapiro Negotiations Institute. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher. This book is available at all bookstores and online booksellers, including Amazon and iTunes.

San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Tomsula has a reputation as a hard-working, blue-collar type of guy. And that image is no fabrication.

In a profile on Tomsula published by ESPN, the coach admits that he spent part of his early coaching career living out of his car. That fact had already been circulated some in the media, but it's a little more gritty than that -- Tomsula also had a dog and a cat that lived with him in the car, which was a Cadillac.

At the time, Tomsula was an unpaid assistant working at Catawba College in North Carolina. His story has drawn humorous comparisons to Chris Farley's famous "Matt Foley" character, known for his motivational speeches built off the fact he was "living in a van, down by the river."

Tomsula's journey from those humble beginnings to head coach of the vaunted 49ers is pretty impressive, but when asked about his homeless stretch, he's mostly dismissive of it.

"It sounds like it was absolutely horrendous," Tomsula says. "It wasn’t. It really wasn’t. It wasn’t horrendous. I mean, there [are] people that have horrendous circumstances and I feel kind of bad, people making comparisons."

"I mean, I wasn’t living in my car in Maine in the winter. I was in North Carolina. … Listen, I’ve had an incredible life. I just have."

Spoken like a truly humble individual.

In fact, Tomsula resorted to a patchwork of odd jobs to try and make ends meet while waiting for his football career to take off. ESPN reports that he sold meat, cleaned floors and worked at a Piggly Wiggly supermarket chain.

Tomsula's blue-collar, somewhat unrefined nature has generated doubts about his readiness to serve as the 49ers' head coach, not to mention that his promotion from the defensive line was a huge jump in responsibility. He's also a stark contrast to the affluent, squeaky-clean profile of Jim Harbaugh, who he's replacing, so perhaps in that sense, Tomsula is exactly what the franchise was looking for.

Kobe Bryant was always an outsider, and that perspective shaped his drive to succeed. Consider this observation from Gotham Chopra, director of the Muse documentary about Bryant.

"He was the young black kid who went and grew up in Italy," Chopra told ThePostGame. "Then when he came back eight years later, he was strangely the Italian kid now in suburban Philadelphia. Then when he came to the league, he was a teenager amongst men, so he's always sort of been this outsider trying to prove himself to belong."

Muse premieres Saturday at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime. Here is an in-depth conversation with Chopra, who says he was thrilled to take on the project despite being a Celtic fan:

Here are two preview clips that were released last year:

New York Yankees pitcher Dellin Betances had a breakout season in 2014. He finished with a 1.40 ERA and a 5-0 record. It has been a long road for the reliever, who will battle with Andrew Miller for the closer role this season. However, the New York City native says he's happy to be where he is. Here is ThePostGame's exclusive interview with the Betances.

***

ThePostGame: You’re working with Pepsi. You and Didi Gregorius are the team’s ambassadors. Why don’t you tell me a little about what you're doing with Pepsi this season?
DELLIN BETANCES: Well, we’re just filming a series of webisodes, just to give a inside look to the Yankees fan culture and to see what it’s like to play with the Yankees and in Yankee Stadium. It’s something to get the fans a little excited about.

TPG: What do you think the fans will be able to get out of this #YankeesThrill promotion?
BETANCES: It's just a good time to give them an inside look just to get that feeling and see what it's like to play in front of the best group of fans in a beautiful stadium, so it’s something that I’m tuning up. I remember last year I did the Real Big Summer campaign we had last year and it was pretty cool. I’m just excited to be working with them again just to give fans an inside look.

TPG: Do you think [you and Didi] will have fun with something like this? Do you think you’re good friends and will be able to have fun with these webisodes?
BETANCES: Yeah, definitely. I think we’re going to enjoy it and I'm just getting to know him now so it I get to know him a little better and we’ll have some fun with it. I'm excited for this opportunity.

TPG: You've been through your offseason and now you’re getting into Spring Training, so over the offseason, what did you work on specifically? How was your training over those couple of months?
BETANCES: Usually after the season is over, I take about four weeks off and I start my workouts light. Start playing catch from about 60 feet. I have a trainer that I’ve worked with the last two or three years in the city. After that, around January, I'll go to Dominican Republic to try to get away from the cold weather, especially this year in New York which is pretty brutal. I get to go to the Dominican Republic and train down there for about a month, where I get to enjoy beautiful weather and just get to play catch outside and throw off the mound and throw to hitters and stuff like that.

TPG: You had a great season last year. You're an All-Star. It was kind of like your coming-out party, so after this offseason, do you feel like you’re in better shape than you were last year? Do you think you can improve on what you did?
BETANCES: I feel great right now. Right now, I’m just focused on making sure I command my fastball to both sides of the plate. Same thing with the off-speed, just being able to throw it for a strike. I feel great to this point. I feel like last year. I’m ready for this year and I’m looking forward to doing whatever I have to do to help the team win.

TPG: Is there anything specifically that you’re targeting that you want to improve to be successful this season?
BETANCES: Just being consistent. I think that’s the key for us pitchers, you know. We get to repeat our deliveries, and our pitches will be right where they need to be. I’m sure at some point I have to make some adjustments to the hitters just like they’ll make adjustments to me. I’ll look at videos and see what I have to improve on to be successful. I’m definitely excited to start the year.

TPG: A little more about you. You grew up in New York, so this has to be a dream scenario for you. How does it feel being part of a team that you grew up watching as a kid?
BETANCES: It’s just an honor for me, every time I get to put on the uniform and play in front of my home crowd. It’s the best feeling, like I’m living my every kid's dream. Born and raised rooting for the Yankees and now being able to play for them is unbelievable. Words really can’t describe the way I feel.

TPG: How did you get to the majors from New York City?
BETANCES: I started playing baseball at the age of 10. I was born in Washington Heights and I moved to the Lower East Side when I was 10 years old and started playing baseball there. I went to high school in Brooklyn at Grand Street Campus where I was drafted at the age of 18. I remember my first big league call-up was in 2011, where I got to experience some wonderful games. I got in on a couple games. After that, it wasn’t easy to come back up. It took a lot of hard work. I remember in 2013, they switched me to a starting pitcher to a reliever and I just found my niche. [It was] something I was comfortable doing. I’ve been able to do a good job the last couple of years of being more aggressive and that’s helped me as a pitcher.

TPG: How was the transition [from a starter to a reliever]?
BETANCES: It wasn’t as tough as I thought it was going to be. I kind of just, as soon as put me out there, I was able to be more consistent with all of my pitches and kind of just found my niche at that point. It’s something I’ve enjoyed doing. Obviously, I’ve learned a lot of stuff in the last year from a bunch of the guys down there. Small stuff that helps you out, whether it’s how to warm up to get ready for the game or just having a better plan. Small stuff like that.

TPG: I heard you were at David Wells’ perfect game in the late ‘90s. Is that true?
BETANCES: Yeah, actually my godfather bought my cousins and I tickets to that game. I was able to experience that. It was pretty incredible.

TPG: Was that one of your greatest Yankee fan moments growing up?
BETANCES: That was definitely number one. At the time, I was younger, so I didn’t play baseball. I was going to be nine years old I believe. Just being there and [inaudible] to meet David Wells now. It’s pretty special for me to be at that game.

TPG: If there was a movie made about your life, which actor would you like to play yourself?
BETANCES: Denzel Washington. He’s an amazing actor. Everything he touches.

TPG: Do you have a favorite baseball movie?
BETANCES: Bull Durham is a good one. I like the Jackie Robinson one. Sandlot. There's so many.

TPG: If you weren't an athlete, which profession would you pursue? Why?
BETANCES: Maybe engineer. My brother works with some of that stuff, so I would love to try to get into that.

TPG: If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
BETANCES: Flying. I can avoid traffic.

TPG: What’s your favorite food?
BETANCES: I love Italian food. Beside obviously Spanish because my parents are from the Dominican Republic.

TPG: What would you never eat?
BETANCES: I’m not too big on seafood. I’m not big on veggies, either. I’m not a broccoli guy. I don’t eat broccoli.

TPG: What’s the best piece of advice any coach has given you?
BETANCES: Just to believe in yourself. If you believe in the abilities that you have, that goes a long way. I remember a lot of the coaches always emphasized that. One of the biggest things was to believe in my abilities and the stuff I had.

TPG: Growing up, who was your favorite player?
BETANCES: Jeter, Mariano. I was a big Yankee fan and I always liked watching those guys compete at the highest level. Those guys were the best at what they did.

TPG: How’d it feel to meet Jeter and Mariano as a teammate?
BETANCES: At first, it was kind of nerve-wracking. But those guys are amazing. They make you feel like you’re family. It was cool. But I was nervous the first day.

TPG: Did they give you any advice?
BETANCES: Just always be professional in what you do. Just to see those guys and the way they go about their business on a daily basis is pretty special. That was something I took away from it.

TPG: More important, moisturizer or cologne?
BETANCES: I would say Moisturizer. You got to make sure you’re clean.

TPG: Favorite tourist attraction in New York City?
BETANCES: I would have said that World Trade Center. I would say Madison Square Garden. It’s the Mecca of basketball. Watching games over there is pretty special.

TPG: How do you feel about the Knicks right now?
BETANCES: It’s a tough year. They look like they’re going to be the first or second pick. If they get that guy from Duke, I think he’ll be pretty good.

Despite failing to land an NFL roster spot in his first year, Michael Sam remains committed to professional football -- and he doesn't regret his decision to come out last winter.

In a column penned for Sports Illustrated's Monday Morning Quarterback, Sam reiterated that he doesn't believe being gay has kept him out of the NFL. He maintains a belief, though, that his talent is good enough for the NFL.

Sam also discusses how he felt devastated when the St. Louis Rams cut him before the NFL regular season. He later joined the Dallas Cowboys as a practice-squad player but didn't make it to the end of the season.

"The only thing that felt different [when Dallas cut me] was the realization that this could be my reality: life on the edge of the roster—something I have no choice but to embrace," Sam writes. "This is the business."

Sam does make it clear, though, that the locker rooms in both St. Louis and Dallas were very welcoming to him. Several NFL veterans in particular, including the Rams' Chris Long and the Cowboys' Jason Witten, went out of their way to welcome Sam and even give him tips for improvement at the professional level.

Sam is now training in Texas with his sights set on finding new NFL opportunities this offseason. He writes that several opportunities have come his way to work in broadcasting or as a guest analyst, but he has refused to look at anything that doesn't advance his NFL career.

"I tell them the same thing every time: I'll give up the game when my legs are both broken," Sam writes.

Sam also sat down for an on-camera interview with MMQB. The full segment is here:

By Mr. Madden
Pro Sports Daily

Gregor Clegane (The Mountain) from HBO's Game Of Thrones is the largest, strongest and most feared swordsman in all of the Seven Kingdoms. It only makes sense that the actor portraying The Mountain would also be the strongest man in the world ... in real life.

Hafthor Bjornsson is actually HBO's third version of The Mountain and this time I think they may have gotten it right.

The Icelandic monster stands 6'9" and weighs in at a staggering 430 pounds. He already holds the European Strongman Championship and his recent attempt to win the title as World's Strongest Viking was a rousing success.

Bjornsson broke a world record that had stood for 1,000 years. What did he do? He took five steps while carrying a log over 30 feet long that weighed 1,433 pounds.

Obviously, Bjornsson won the Viking title and now has his eyes firmly set on the World's Strongest Man. He has competed in the World's Strongest Man event four times ... finishing sixth in 2011, third in 2012, third in 2013, and second in 2014. Now, I'm no analytics expert but I think I'm seeing a trend that could end in the ultimate strongman prize later this year.

It would just be weird to be that strong. My mind goes to the Skittles commercial where everything the dude touches turns into Skittles. If feel like if you were that strong that is what your life would be like ... normal everyday things just crumbling in your hands. Eating a hard-shelled taco would be almost impossible.

Touch the rainbow, taste the rainbow.

If only "The Red Viper" had been able to put his ego aside and just finish the job ... Mr. Bjornsson wouldn't have to worry about his acting gig anymore. He'd have a lot more time to focus on his strongman pursuits.

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was making rounds during Super Bowl week on behalf on Gatorade, which seemed like a fun gig, but it was still tough for him not being able to get to the big game as a player.

"You play the game for one reason, and that's to win football games, win Super Bowls, championship," Newton says. "But I feel we're moving in the right direction. Our arrow is ascending in the green, and that's what you need to see."

Newton reached the playoffs for the first time in 2013, losing in the divisional round to the 49ers. This season Newton won his first playoff game, beating the Cardinals in a wild-card game, before losing at Seattle

Syndicate content