Panthers quarterback Cam Newton

Cam Newton was busy in the days immediately after the Carolina Panthers’ Week 16 game. He had to completely make the day of Taylor Deckard, a 10-year-old boy with a “severe heart condition.”

It’s hard to not get at least a little emotional seeing Taylor’s reaction to meeting Newton.

For his part, Newton seems to be connected to these children in a big way.

This is a side of Newton that doesn’t get anywhere near enough attention. While people are worried about his end-zone celebrations and outfits, Newton does an awful lot for those in need.

At Thanksgiving, that meant hooking 800 underprivileged children up with a big meal. At Christmas, it means granting a sick child’s wish.

Even in a cynical world, it’s hard to see that as anything but good.

Michael Dixon
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