Cam Newton has taken the NFL by storm this season.
One reason: The former Auburn star and NFL MVP candidate has been giving out touchdown balls to children all year.
FOX Sports interviewed some of the children on the receiving end of those touchdown balls, who had the following to say about Newton’s gesture.
“If you get a ball, you’re going to be happy for like … the rest of your life,” said Jaden, 11. “Cam’s one of my favorite players. I got back to school, and I’m like … popular in school now. There’s like a 2 percent chance of getting it, but I was one of the lucky ones.”
“We he gave me the ball, I just had a big smile on my face,” said Brooks, 8.
“When he gave the ball to me, I was like, ‘Holy Cow,’ my dad is going to squeeze me as hard as he can,” said Zachary, 9.
The chance of receiving one of these touchdown balls from Newton has completely changed how Carolina Panthers fans attend games.
“The fans in the first row really embrace it,” said Scott Paul, the executive director of stadium operations.
“We’ve certainly seen a shift in calls we get for seating in the end zone,” said Crystal Rowe, director of ticketing.
“To have this special tradition … it brings so many smiles to people’s faces,” said Danny Morrison, the team president.
Of course, Newton also discussed starting this newfound tradition and the experience of scoring a touchdown, then looking up into a sea of hands.
“When I started this ‘Sunday Giveaway,’ as we call it now, I never imagined it would be what it is today,” Newton said. “I’m a kid at heart. My biggest thing is to bring joy to people. A little gesture goes a long way.”
— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) January 19, 2016