Cam Newton is quickly becoming the second-most popular starting NFL quarterback in Baltimore.
One month after dropping in unannounced for an Inner Harbor beach volleyball game with his Panthers teammates, the NFL's reigning Most Valuable Player was photographed handing bags of food to the city's homeless on Wednesday, the night before Carolina played the Ravens in their preseason opener.
ESPN's David Newton reported that after having dinner at Sullivan's Steakhouse with teammates, Newton left the restaurant with to-go bags in hand. In them were full meals, not just leftovers.
“People talk about him dabbing and all the stuff that in my mind ultimately should be irrelevant, because that doesn’t get to the heart of who he is," Candace Gregory, who witnessed the act of kindness, told ESPN.
“I once saw him give something to a disabled child at a practice and people were like, ‘Oh, it’s a photo opportunity.’ But this was when nobody was looking. That’s why we shared it, because character is what you do when nobody is looking."
Newton and the Panthers are off for Week 7 this season — that's late October. At this rate, he's probably already booked a hotel reservation for an Orioles playoff game.