Fairly or unfairly, Cam Newton is one of the NFL’s most scrutinized players. If for no other reason than for his unique style, both on the field and off. But TMZ has reported something that Newton can – and should – receive universal praise for: He’s planning on buying meals for around 1,200 underprivileged children for Thanksgiving.
As the TMZ article also notes, Newton celebrated the holiday in a similar fashion last year. The 2017 version fed around 800 kids.
Newton’s gesture is undeniably a great deed of goodwill. Though it would be safe to say he will also be paying attention to the NFL on Thanksgiving as well. In a bit of an unusual move, the NFL schedule on Thanksgiving day will feature six NFC teams. The Panthers aren’t playing, obviously, but there will undoubtedly be ramifications regarding the NFC playoff picture based on the outcome of those games.
Starting at 12:30 Eastern Time, the Chicago Bears will be in Detroit to play the Lions, then Washington and Dallas will meet in an NFC East showdown at 4:30. To cap off the action will be the Falcons and Saints kicking off at 8:30. That game will be of particular interest to Newton and the Panthers since both teams are NFC South rivals and could move Carolina up or down in the standings depending on what happens between now and then.
Cam Newton already has 7 games this season with 2+ TDs and 1 or 0 INTs.
— ProFootballReference (@pfref) November 15, 2018
In 2015, Newton won the NFL’s MVP honors. This season, he could work his way back into the elite company seeking that distinguished award. One thing is for sure though, for hundreds of kids on Thanksgiving, Cam Newton will be their MVP.