Before a game some guys eat a very specific meal, others listen to rap to get hype. But Cam Newton’s “relaxing” pregame routine is considered a mundane chore for most.
“I listen to gospel music,” he said. “I pray. It’s the calm before the storm, knowing I’ve done everything possible to prepare.”
The simple, humble act of pressing away wrinkles connects the highest paid player in Panther history with his tight-knit family and no-nonsense upbringing in metro Atlanta. While growing up, he concentrated on schoolwork all week, and Saturdays were filled with chores.
“I can count on one hand how many Saturdays I had where it was me and TV and cereal,” he recalled with a laugh.
And Sundays meant getting ready for church.
His father, Cecil Newton Sr., is bishop of Holy Zion Center of Deliverance in Newnan. Today Cam’s pregame routine of hymns and sharp creases honors both his dad’s sermons and his mother Jackie Newton’s instructions on caring for his Sunday best.
“I really like ironing my clothes,” he said. “It puts me at peace.”
Gospel music and crisp creases…seems about right for a Sunday morning.
H/T: Black & Blue Review