Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioGOP online donor platform offering supporters 'Notorious A.C.B.' shirts Sunday shows preview: Lawmakers prepare for SCOTUS confirmation hearings before election GOP lawmakers distance themselves from Trump comments on transfer of power MORE (R-Fla.) predicts that NFL quarterback Cam Newton will grow stronger from the Carolina Panthers’s defeat in Super Bowl 50 on Sunday.

“He’s going to be better after this Super Bowl,” he told TMZ Sports during an interview on Capitol Hill Thursday. "He’s going to learn from it. Cam’s going to be in a bunch of Super Bowls [and] he’s got a huge future ahead of him.”


Rubio argued that his own football career had taught him about perseverance and overcoming personal challenges.

“I played corner [and] I gave up some touchdowns but you’ve got to step back on the field and play again,” he said.

“The next play you may actually pick it off and bring it back to even the score,” the GOP presidential candidate added. "I like competition.”

The freshman senator added that everyday Americans deserve grit and fortitude from their next commander in chief.

“You want a president that has been tested by adversity,” Rubio said. "That’s why this campaign is so important.

“By the way, running for president is a lot easier than being president. If you have people who think this is tough, being president is tougher.”

The Denver Broncos routed the Panthers 24-10 during the national football championship game in Santa Clara, Calif., over the weekend. Newton, 26, sparked criticism for expressing strong disappointment in the contest’s outcome.

“I’ve been on record to say I’m a sore loser,” he said Tuesday, according to ESPN. "You show me a good loser and I’m going to show you a loser."

Rubio, meanwhile, is battling for a rebound after his own pair of recent setbacks on the campaign trail.

He first suffered a poor performance during last weekend’s eighth GOP presidential debate in Goffstown, N.H. The Florida lawmaker than earned an underwhelming fifth place finish in New Hampshire’s early-voting primary late Tuesday night.