Panthers QB Cam Newton wants to 'be like Mike'

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton wants to be like Michael Jordan.

OK, he really doesn’t want to be an NBA player, owner or appear in underwear commercials.

But Newton did make a cameo appearance in Gatorade’s new promotion that brings back the classic “Be Like Mike" jingle from 23 years ago that’s probably still ringing in the heads of many.

Among the others featured are Jordan, Nick Cannon, Jimmie Johnson, Serena Williams, Jabari Parker, Bryce Harper and Mia Hamm, to name a few.

Newton’s appearance in the video is brief. He’s shown in his pads and jersey singing, “if I could be like Mike" from the practice field. It’s karaoke quality at best for the first pick of the 2011 draft.

That Newton is in the video is appropriate. He and Jordan both represent Gatorade and are neighbors in an uptown Charlotte condominium.