Throughout this past NFL season, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton and his teammates gave away footballs to children in the stands after scoring touchdowns. Now it's Cam Newton's turn to be on the receiving end of a special gift.
Newton also faced criticism for not attempting to recover a fumble that he lost after Denver Broncos linebacker and eventual Super Bowl 50 MVP Von Miller stripped Newton of the ball. The Broncos would recover and soon after score a touchdown to go up 24-10 and seal the victory. In a quote from USA Today, Cam Newton explained why he didn't go after the fumble.
"I didn't dive on one fumble because the way my leg was (positioned). It could have been contorted in a way. You say my effort? I didn't dive down. I fumbled - that's fine. That's fine. We didn't lose the game because of that fumble."
"And it wasn't just his play, either — though he was ineffective, jittery and clearly rattled by the Denver Broncos defense throughout the Carolina Panthers' 24-10 loss. The worst of his performance came afterward, when Newton — the leader of the NFC champs, the NFL MVP and a player who might just be the face of the league's future — bolted from his postgame press conference almost without talking at all."
"I had no idea, I don't know why they had us in the same room or anywhere close to where they can hear us. So I would've been mad too if I was Cam, to be able to hear your opponent right behind you talking, I mean nobody wants to hear that…so I think that was a bad setup."
"Dear Cam Newton, I'm sorry you lost, but here is a paper trofy."
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