Newton dropped baseball for fear of beanings


Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has the kind of all-around athletic ability that makes you think he was probably good at every sport growing up.

But he said something simple and reasonable — fear — motivated him to give up baseball when he was 14.

I quit baseball at 14 because I was afraid of the pitches,” Newton told Carmen Thompson of ESPN The Magazine. “The kids started getting better and throwing faster, and it would’ve hurt getting hit by that ball, so I stopped playing.”

Newton said he tried basketball after that, but was foul-prone because of the inherent teenage disconnect between size and strength and coordination.

When he started playing football, however, he was a linebacker.

“So when I got the opportunity to play offense, it was nothing. I wasn’t shying away from contact. If anything, I was initiating it,” he said. “I think that’s what kind of made me stand out at an early age. My mom always wondered how I could be afraid of a little baseball when I always had these huge guys chasing me. It’s a good question.”

The way Newton runs around, and the fact the Panthers are trying to avoid having him hit more than he has to be, makes it obvious they have the same concerns.

Maybe they should be as worried about the Falcons, Buccaneers and Saints throwing beanballs, something he’s really worried about.

23 responses to “Newton dropped baseball for fear of beanings

  1. The curve ball ended my promising baseball career in the Pony League. I went on to play football and basketball in high school and football in college. It probably created a lot more football players.

    Cam’s situation is not unique.

  2. Does anybody else understand that last line???

    “Maybe they should be as worried about the Falcons, Buccaneers and Saints throwing beanballs, something he’s really worried about.”

    The rest of the NFC south is going to throw baseballs????? I don’t get it…

  3. MichaelWrites says:
    Jul 2, 2013 10:35 AM
    When I played QB (not nearly as well as Cam of course), I also often initiated contact. That’s the way football should be played.


    Yeah, but how do your kids feel about that?

  4. funny he says that bec when i was that age i quit for the same reason. as i went from little league to minors i seen those guys tossin like 80 mph pitches..and from tehre it was football and futbol for me

  5. Maybe they should be as worried about the Falcons, Buccaneers and Saints throwing beanballs, something he’s really worried about.



  6. You can see a 300 pound lineman running towards you. Pretty hard to avoid a baseball coming at you at 90 mph.

  7. Seriously, for those who do nothing but bash the guy and exploit every single thing he says and does have serious issues. Yes, he has some growing to do, but going by some of these post a lot of you have some growing to do as well.

    Not only am I a Carolina Panther fan
    I’m also a good man that points out wrong.

  8. Football you can hit back. Baseball you can’t. It’s as simple as that. And let’s just be honest, baseball is just a boring sport to play and watch.

  9. Dude’s name is Newton, so he must be good at physics, realizing that the impact force of being hit by a baseball is concentrated in a small area, while a linebacker’s impact force is spread out over a much larger surface area.

  10. I bet that little kid from the Play 60 commercial who is just warming up his arm (Cam’s mother’s new favorite player) is not afraid to step in the batter’s box.

  11. You know I don’t blame him. And, I’m going to be honest I’m really afraid that someone is going to get killed in baseball. And, I think it will happen sooner in baseball than in football. Hitting someone with a 80mph pitch is extremely dangerous

  12. I don’t foresee a batter be killed by a baseball sooner than a football player. But one of these pitchers may be the most likely victim. If you throw a baseball 93+ and a guy turns it around it’s going probably 130-145mph when it’s coming back thru the pitchers mound vicinity. Really dangerous, it’s amazing all these years that comebackers at the head aren’t more prevalent.

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