BY KEVIN CONNELL (@_KevinConnell)
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton did more than just play in a football game during his team’s trip to Baltimore last week.
After he and several teammates finished having dinner at Sullivan’s Steakhouse the night before the Thursday game, Newton handed two bags of food to a homeless man sitting around the corner from the restaurant. According to witness Candace Gregory, the bags contained a full meal, not leftovers.
“A lot of people were like, ‘Oh my God! That’s Cam Newton!'" Gregory told ESPN.com. “The homeless guy had no idea who Cam was. He was just happy to have food. He was totally oblivious to everything."
Gregory, a Panthers fan who was in town for business, even captured the moment with a photo. (The man’s sign read “Homeless Please help hungry – food.”)
Gregory added that Newton didn’t appear to be doing it for attention as he handed the food in a “quick, smooth motion” and “didn’t talk” to the man.
Panthers backup quarterback Joe Webb, who also attended the dinner, said those random acts of kindness are not uncommon from Newton.
“It’s like second nature for him," Webb said. “It’s no surprise that he did it. A lot of people say, ‘What are you doing when people aren’t looking?’ It speaks volumes that he’s a great person."
The Panthers beat the Ravens, 22-19, in the preseason opener for both teams.