Before you judge a man, try walking in his shoes.

Even if you weren't one of the hundred million plus around the world who watched Super Bowl 50 last night, chances are you've heard the results: The Denver Broncos and their league-leading defense dominated the Carolina Panthers' offense, winning the game by a score of 24 to 10.

(If you're interested in biz lessons you can learn from the game itself, check out fellow Inc. columnist Bill Murphy's piece: 11 Things Exceptional Performers Never Stop Doing--Super Bowl Edition.)

But what's making headlines this morning is what came next.

In his postgame press conference, Carolina quarterback and team leader Cam Newton appeared visibly frustrated and severely disappointed. He kept his comments short, and abruptly ended the interview just over two minutes after it began.

Countless media outlets jumped on Newton immediately following the interview, calling him "an incredible sulk" and claiming he acted like an immature 13-year-old. Former NFL superstar and current media personality Deion Sanders put it this way:

"You are the face of our brand right now. You can't do that. I understand the emotions of losing. You can't do that. A (Peyton) Manning, a (Tom) Brady, all of those guys who have been prototypical guys would never do that. You can't be dabbin', smiling, styling, and profiling when you win, and then this is how you lose."

The truth is, these people are right ... to an extent. But before you judge Newton and freeze him in this moment, there's one question you should ask yourself:

How would you have acted in that situation?

In other words, imagine you've just suffered the biggest disappointment in your career. You've been exceedingly successful at your job, and as the leader, the pressure was high for you to deliver.

But you didn't.

And a few minutes later, you have to go present your analysis to a room full of reporters as to what went wrong.

What would the media say about your interview?

To be clear, I'm not saying Newton's press conference was an example of great leadership. And I realize this young man is getting paid millions of dollars to do these types of media appearances, so he should be able to suck it up and not appear like a sore loser.

But placed in these challenging circumstances, I think it's worth remembering a few things:

1. Cam Newton is 26 years old.

Stop for a moment and think of yourself at age 26. Anything you wish you could take back? Any situations that you wish you had handled a bit differently?

I know I have a few. I'm sure Cam will feel the same, in time.

2. He could have avoided the press conference all together.

I couldn't help but think of 2009. That's the year former NBA Most Valuable Player LeBron James and his Cleveland Cavaliers suffered defeat to the Orlando Magic. James refused to shake the hands of the Magic at the end of the game, and he skipped the postgame presser altogether.

(And for those of you who think Peyton Manning and Tom Brady are way beyond this type of behavior, you've obviously forgotten about this. And this.)

It's worth noting that Cam Newton made sure to congratulate opposing quarterback Peyton Manning personally following the game, and did so with good sportsmanship (flashing his trademark smile).

And although he knew the press conference he had to face would be torture, he did show up to face the music.

3. He accepted responsibility.

If you watched the game, you know Denver's defense had Newton on his heels the entire time. It's difficult for a quarterback to get into a rhythm when the offensive line lets him get sacked six times and he's under constant harassment.

But Newton accepted blame along with the rest of his team. He recognized the Broncos' superior play.

In his words:

"They just played better than us. I don't know what you want me to say. They made more plays than us, and that's what it comes down to. We had our opportunities. It wasn't nothing special that they did. We dropped balls, we turned the ball over, gave up sacks, threw errant passes. That's it. They scored more points than us."

Yes, Newton could have phrased things better. He could have tipped his hat a bit more to the Broncos, recognizing that he hadn't seen a defense quite like that.

But hopefully, he'll learn from the experience.

Last word

Did Newton make some mistakes last night? Sure. Does he still have a lot of growing up to do? Definitely.

But for the 26-year-old who just suffered the worst disappointment of his professional life, I have this to say:

Chin up, Cam. Learn from those mistakes. Today's a new day.

And the future looks bright.