Cam Newton gives cleats to fan with cerebral palsy

Cam Newton made this fan's day after training camp

8/1/13 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Blog Photo - Cam Newton gives cleats to fan with cerebral palsyCam Newton has had his fair share of critics over the years, but he made quite a classy gesture yesterday after completing training camp with his Carolina Panthers teammates.

From the Charlotte Observer:
Shelley McIntosh, 33, has been in a wheelchair for nearly all her life and can’t speak due to her cerebral palsy, but she was able to communicate to her mother that she wanted to meet Cam Newton.

The starting quarterback was the last Panthers player coming off the field, having signed several autographs like every day after practice. As he trudged up the paved hill toward the locker room where still more fans gathered after he had finished a two-hour-long practice, he was struck seeing Shelley, he said.

Pat told her daughter to wave as much as she could to get his attention. But Newton said it was Shelley’s smile that attracted him.

“A soon as he came up to her, he wanted to know her name and we told him her name and he just bent over unlacing his shoes,” Pat said, “and I just thought he’d give her a shoelace and thought, ‘What he’s doing?’ ”

Then, Pat said, Newton spoke gently to Shelley, saying he was going to give her his size 14 Under Armour cleats and sign them for her. 

Newton also signed a football for the family and posed for pictures with McIntosh and her family.

Shelly McIntosh and her family are huge Panthers fans, and have had season tickets since 2003. Panthers players like Jon Beason, Steve Smith and Luke Kuechly, as well as team owner Jerry Richardson have talked to Shelley and autographed items for the family in the past.

It's always great to see players remembering who helps pay their salaries, and give back to the fans. Kudos to Cam Newton for quite an awesome moment.
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8/1/13   |   mcleodglen   |   32 respect

not bad