Before preseason game, Panthers QB Cam Newton helped Baltimore's homeless

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.

My sweet friend, who is in Baltimore on business, went for a stroll last night and ran into our boys leaving Sullivan's Steakhouse! She was so kind to share this picture she snapped with me. Our team leader extraordinaire, Cam Newton, had two bags of food from the restaurant and was handing it out to the homeless. It is what you do in secret, away from the media, away from all the hype, that shows the true measure and character of a man. Cam's servants' heart never ceases to amaze and humble me! I am so incredibly proud to say this young man represents my Queen City. We truly have a team of remarkable men who love to serve! God bless them all!! #KeepPounding #PantherNation #love #serve #humility #thisiswhatitsallabout❤ #soproudofmyboys #ourqbisarealleader #704 #queencity

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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.

Jonas Shaffer

Jonas Shaffer

Jonas Shaffer covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun. Jonas started at the Sun as a copy editor and later served as a sports blogger and editor and general-assignment writer. He graduated in 2012 from the University of Maryland, where he served as sports editor of The Diamondback, the school's student newspaper.