Cam Newton apparently isn't steamed that Colin Kaepernick mimicked his "Superman" pose after scoring on Newton's home turf earlier this month.
The two quarterbacks - roomies three years at the scouting combine in Indianapolis -- will host the Cartoon Network's annual awards show next month. Previous hosts have included Shaquille O'Neal and skateborder Tony Hawk, reinforcing the notion that the 49ers quarterback A.) is quickly becoming one of the most recognizable and marketable players in the NFL and B.) is particularly popular with kids and C.) will be just as busy pitching products and handing out awards as he was last year. Kaepernick made an appearance on last year's Cartoon Network show, which was hosted by O'Neal and Nick Cannon.
What's also notable is that Kaepernick gets top billing over Newton, at least in the press release announcing the event. "Kaepernick is one of NFL's rising stars and top QBs in the league. He is also a talented baseball player and was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 2009 MLB Draft," according to the release. "Kaepernick continues to dominate headlines highlighting his maverick sense of style on and off the field."
Said Kaepernick: "I'm looking forward to sharing the stage with Cam as host this year. We've both made appearances at past shows, but taking over as hosts? Let's just say we're going to take it to another level."
Newton was the No. 1 overall pick in 2011 and one of five quarterbacks drafted ahead of Kaepernick. This has provided endless motivation for the 49ers quarterback (he was drafted 36th overall), who as recently as this month said the perceived diss is "not something I'll forget."
After his four-yard touchdown run that helped the 49ers beat Newton's Panthers, Kaepernick mimicked Newton's signature pose and said it was "just a little shout out" to his former roomie. Newton didn't seem all that happy about it after the game. "It's not the first nor the last time somebody does that," he said when asked about Kaepernick's celebration.
Both players are now eligible for contract extensions, which promises to be one of the bigger storylines of the NFL offseason.
-- Matt Barrows