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Newton gives girl football, Panthers get it back

Posted on: December 6, 2011 9:45 pm
Edited on: December 6, 2011 10:59 pm

Carolina fan Katie Brown gets the football Newton used to score his 13th TD of the season. (AP)

By Ryan Wilson

Remember in the weeks leading up to the draft when there were questions about whether Cam Newton would be the next JaMarcus Russell? Turns out, he's been slightly better than that. Against the Buccaneers Sunday, he scored three touchdowns (and threw for another), his 13th of the season, which set the record for most ever by a quarterback.

In anticipation of that eventuality, the Pro Football Hall of Fame had requested the ball Newton used to score the record-breaking touchdown.

Except that Newton had given the ball to a fan, 16-year-old Katie Brown, who spent the night before the game making a t-shirt that read "Katie and Cam" on the front and "Mrs. Newton" on the back. Her dad had surprised her with front-row seats. After his final rushing touchdown, the Panthers rookie jogged to where she was sitting and handed her the ball.

“It was the most amazing moment,” Brown told the Associated Press Monday. “I thought he was going to do his Superman celebration like he normally does, but then all of sudden he started running over and pointed right at me. I was in shock. I thought, I must be in a dream.”

"That's quite a gift for that young lady," FOX color analyst and former NFL head coach Jim Mora said. "That ball belongs in Canton." And Canton is where it's headed.

Panthers assistant equipment manager Don Toner experienced a different range of emotions as he saw Newton give away a football already promised to Canton.

“The funny thing is when Cam scored and started running over there we’re all yelling, ‘Oh no, don’t,’” Toner said laughing. “It was like watching it happen in slow motion. It was painful.”

Toner was tasked with getting the ball back, which turned out to be much easier than he expected. It didn't hurt that he came bearing gifts. He grabbed a replacement game ball from a ball boy in addition to four hats out of a Panthers equipment trunk.

“I just asked her real nice, ‘Would you mind exchanging that ball — we kind of need it,’” Toner said. “And she was real sweet about it. She didn’t hesitate. She was so excited she was trembling. She was just giddy about what had just happened.”

Brown was happy to oblige.

“I was like, ‘OK, no problem,’ ” she said. “I honestly believe Cam deserves to have that ball because it was his record and his achievement. He should have it.”

Hat tip: Shutdown Corner

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Since: May 6, 2007
Posted on: December 8, 2011 2:55 am

Newton gives girl football, Panthers get it back

 The Broncos play the Bears this weekend genius, not the Patriots.

No kidding moron. My point was the game against the Pats will be the first team Tebow will face that has a top notch offense. In other words, let me spell it out for you moron.  The Broncos stand ZERO chance against ANY team that has a solid offense.  Tebow will be unable to match Brady, the Broncos will fall far behind and Teblow will be exposed for the fraud of a QB he is.  Incredibly, the Broncos have had one of the softer schedules over the past 7 weeks.  Now they play a Bears team WITHOUT one of the leagues best QB's or their all-star RB.  The Bears will be lucky to score a field goal.  Without these two they are as explosive as The Broncos with Teblow  leading them.  It will be a close game.  So I turned my point over to the Pats game which will ultimately be the measuirng stick to illustrate that Teblow is nothing more than a third string QB.  Pats 34  Broncos 13.  Any good offense would destroy the Broncos BECAUSE Teblow would be unable to match strike for strike.  The Broncos would fall behind and be FORCED TO THROW which would take TEBLOW out of his read option game. Result - INCOMPLETE. INTERCEPTION. The Broncos have just been fortunate to play suck azz teams over the last several weeks and have gotten away with it.  Just because some teams like the Raiders and Bengals does not make them an elite team.  This is a watered down lague for the most part. the majority of the teams are palying .500 football.  Only a select few have seperated themselves from the has beens.  Teams like the Patriots, Giants, Saints, Ravens, Packers, Texans, Steelers, Lions, 49er's, all have well balanced teams and would expose Teblow's deficincies.  The Broncos would stand no chance against any of these teams. So enjoy your delusional fantasy while it lasts - it will soon come crashing down back to reality.  Get back to me after the Pats game and we'll see how big your mouth really is.  I'm sure it will be big enough to stick my foot in it.    

Since: Jun 20, 2010
Posted on: December 7, 2011 9:43 pm

Newton gives girl football, Panthers get it back

I'm betting this won't be the last white woman Cam gives his balls too!

Since: Dec 9, 2009
Posted on: December 7, 2011 8:30 pm

Newton gives girl football, Panthers get it back

I was also one of the CAM haters. I believe i was wrong too. It looks like he can play. Seems to look out for the fans too, somebody the NFL can use.

Since: Nov 27, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 7:10 pm

Newton gives girl football, Panthers get it back

One more thing fans should get balls sweatbands or anything players want to toss them. Those trivial material things have no value in the NFL they cost pennies , but the fans are the reason the league exists so throw more bones to the fans . As Stan lee would say Nuff said

Since: Nov 27, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 7:02 pm

Newton gives girl football, Panthers get it back

What happens to ball 13 when he runs in 14 or 15 . The girl should get the ball back. I don't get it even if the ball gets displayed somewhere do people really look at it and say that's it that's the one WOW

Since: Sep 28, 2009
Posted on: December 7, 2011 6:25 pm

Newton gives girl football, Panthers get it back

You can bad mouth the guy all you want ozzie!!  Bottom line is he is 5-1 as the starter this season and when push comes to shove...that is the only stat that matters to the people that write the checks!!

Since: Jan 6, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 5:59 pm

Newton gives girl football, Panthers get it back

Same here JBANK.  I'm not having the pie though, I'm having the crow and loving every bite!

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: December 7, 2011 5:16 pm

I will take my humble pie ala mode please

I was one of many Cam haters.  I thought the Panthers were making a terrible mistake.  I WAS WRONG!

Good job Cam.  Great season.

Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: December 7, 2011 4:32 pm

Newton gives girl football, Panthers get it back

100% Agree -- I was ready to read a scathing article about the big bad NFL...and then it turned out to be a moment where all involved were on their best behavior. Weird title for this article.

Since: May 7, 2007
Posted on: December 7, 2011 4:00 pm

Newton gives girl football, Panthers get it back

The Broncos have had teh luxury of playing teh last 6 weeks agaist teams that either just plain suck or have been off.  Thr Raider game was a joke. Palmer hadnt played in the longest and was rustier than a creeky oil can.  The Jet game was gift wrapped - totally dominated by the jets the whole game and handed over to them by Sanchez.  The Charger game they won was the result of another struggling performance by Rivers who has been schizophrenic all year long. The other wins were against bad bad teams - equally bad as the Broncos - and were won NOT by Teblow but by the defense.  Regardless, it all ends Sunday as Tom Brady will scorch the Broncos and Tebow will be looking up to he heavens questioning why he wasn't given such athletic gisfts as Brady. This will be a blowout.  Yet the Broncos will rebound because the rest of their schedule is agaisnt crummy teams and their defense will again win the game. if they make the playoffs, they will be out in the first round they play in - GUARENTEED!    
Only thing that is guaranteed is you're not too smart. The Broncos play the Bears this weekend genius, not the Patriots. And the Patriots that you think are soooo good have beaten three teams with a winning record this season, the Jets, Raiders and Cowboys.

The Broncos have beaten the Jets, Raiders and Bengals. Hmmmm?? That's three teams with winning records also, just like your beloved Pats... And they beat two of the same teams your beloved Pats beat. So why aren't you ranting and raving about the teams the Pats play as sucking or simply being off???

So leave the coulda, woulda, shoulda to people who make excuses for everything in life!!! Or is that something you do??? Making excuses for everything in your pathetic life??? Get a grip....

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