Cam Newton is a 6-foot-5, 245-pound ninja.
Check out his touchdown run in the third quarter of Sunday’s game against the Texans. Newton’s Carolina Panthers were deep in Texans territory looking to break a 10-10 deadlock. On 1st and goal at the 3-yard line, Newton took the snap and dropped back to pass. But just when he looked like he was going to set up in the pocket, he planted his right foot into the turf and bolted forward.
His O-line carved a hole for him between the left guard and tackle, leaving Newton one-on-one with Texans free safety Rahim Moore. Newton might’ve been able to juke Moore or run him over, but he decided to take a different approach. As Moore lowered himself to brace for a tackle, Newton launched himself airborne, reached the ball forward, and completed a full front flip over the 6-foot-1 defender, crossing the goal line for a touchdown. I couldn’t pull that move off on a diving board. Newton did it in an NFL game.
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Newton actually landed on his feet before his momentum and a hit from a Texans defender took him to the ground. “My heart was in my socks. When I was flipping, I was like, ‘Hey, I don’t know how this is going to end,’” Newton told Panthers.com after the game. “I didn’t stick it, but I still think I got a good high rating from the judge.”
A massive man like Newton couldn’t pull off that kind of athletic feat without a ridiculously strong lower body. His workouts include exercises like Sled Pulls and Competitive Rows, which build fast-twitch muscle fiber and allow him to do what seems impossible on a regular basis. Check out the full play below. (BTW, the Panthers won 24-17, to go 2-0.)
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