Cam Newton, like any other starting quarterback in the NFL, is only one crushing, blind-side hit away from a head injury and potentially lengthy absence — the Panthers greatest fear. But as a youngster, the thought of getting a bruise from a 60 mph fastball was what got Cam shakin' in his cleats.
"The kids started getting better and throwing faster, and it would've hurt getting hit by that ball, so I stopped playing," Cam told ESPN's Carmen Thompson.
Getting hit by a pitch would hurt, sure; but more than a hit from a 300-plus pound defensive tackle? I doubt it. Newton isn't scared of taking shots in football, though. Especially if it results in getting in the endzone. That's something that could definitely strike fear in undersized corners.