The NFL season doesn’t start for another four months, but that doesn’t mean reigning NFL MVP Cam Newton can’t scrimmage with a bunch of seventh-graders if he wants to.
Local news footage shows Newton hopping a playground fence and throwing passes while surrounded by a large group of students at the Community School of Davidson in Davidson, N.C.
Newton happened to be driving by the school when he spotted a kid on the playground wearing his Carolina Panthers jersey.
Mimi Siadik, a seventh-grade teacher, said that Newton asked the teachers for permission and then jumped the fence to throw the football around with the students, according to a report on wsoctv.com.
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“The students just herded all around him. I still can’t believe he did that,” Siadak said.
Of course Newton did his ‘dabbing’ pose with students and got the kids to a heckle a teacher wearing a Steelers lanyard.
Naturally the surprise visit was a thrill to the students.
“I saw one girl crying and hyperventilating and when I asked, ‘Sweetheart what’s wrong?’ she said, ‘That was just the best moment of my life,'” Siadak said.
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When the real season starts in late summer, Newton and the Panthers will be expected to be a Super Bowl contender, like they were last season when they went 15–1 and fell to the Denver Broncos 24–10 in Super Bowl 50.