Football

8-year-old writes adorable letter to cheer up Cam Newton

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – As criticism for Cam Newton continues to mount from pundits and fans, one Panthers fan is coming to Cam’s rescue.

Stephen Graham, who’s only 8 years old, is rushing to the aid of his favorite player and friend.

It was a tale of 24 hours for Newton, who went from winning the NFL MVP award to losing on the biggest stage in Super Bowl 50, then stormed out of a press conference.

Graham saw the interview and when he didn’t see Cam smiling, he wanted to do something for the Panthers’ quarterback.

He wrote Cam a letter:

“Dear Cam Newton, I’m sorry you lost, but here is a paper trofy.”

“He’s my friend,” Graham said. “I just felt like it would make him a littler happier.

While Stephen’s still mastering the alphabet and the tricky spellings, like “ph” making the “f” sound, he’s already grasped one life lesson.

“When a friend falls down, the other friend always picks him up,” said Graham.

30 comments
Cool c
Cool c

Some of you folks are hypocrites, Cam is entitled to mistakes just like you judgemental traders are, it's great that a kid can overlook mistakes that another human made and still be a friend, you are a bunch of judgemental Pharisees.

Carolann30
Carolann30

@Cool c  I haven't seen anything that he admits to making a big mistake.

Cool c
Cool c

Some of you people are hypocrites, cam is entitled to mistakes just like hypocrites are its great that a young kid shows more emotion and understand ing then you bunch of grown Pharisees.

craiger45
craiger45

I retired 2 years ago, and moved from North Carolina to Florida. I lived in NC since 1993 and was thrilled back in 1993 when I heard that NC would be getting a Pro Football team. I cheered for the Panthers in the beginning, but not so much later on. They just couldn't get it going after the first few good years. I had all but given up on them, when a new quarterback and new coach started winning games. When I heard that the Panthers were going to the Super Bowl, I was very happy and looked forward to them winning it. Unfortunately in the weeks leading up to the Super Bowl, Cam Newton's mouth began to get on my last nerve, and the more he said the less I liked it. My buddy and I were going to bet each other that day, but I told him before the game started that I wanted Denver to win. He was shocked, and when I told him why I changed my mind, he said he understood, and said Cam Newton is a pompous ass. The way Newton conducted himself after the game showed just what he is really made of. BS...The kids who looked up to him were the ones hurt the most. Cam, turn in your jersey, use your degree to find a new job. You're not wanted any longer...

HalReid
HalReid

All that ability and ends up he's an intellectual midget ... too bad really.

Now he's a spoiled little rich kid, without manners ...

HalReid
HalReid

Let's hope the young man doesn't look back on his efforts, to teach a grownup polite behavior and think, why did I waste my time ? Newton may never get another opportunity to redeem himself ... or even be mature enough to try.

SixFeetFive1
SixFeetFive1

First of all, the young man was not trying to teach Cam a lesson of any kind. He was bestowing a paper trofy, an act of kindness, an olive branch to Cam.

O'Neal said that he acted the same way when got sweep in his first NBA Finals.

Most of the detractors will never come close to being a World Champion in their profession, be it journalist, MD, JD or garbage man (sanitation engineer). The armchair quarterbacks and weekend warriors have much to say about nothing!

AissaSnowden
AissaSnowden

@HalReid  My Mom told me as a little child if you don't have nothing nice to say, say nothing at all. I'm a Ravens' fan, and I viewed the video, and I looked at his facial expression as he heard what is being said loud enough for him to hear, whether purposefully or not. His team just lost, he wasn't playing just for his love of the game, he's playing for his teammates, the organization, his family and friends, most of all he was playing for his fans. I don't know him personally, but neither does those who like to talk about him in a negative way as if they know him. Until you walk in his shoes you don't know how this lost affected him personally. Therefore none of us can speak on how this individual should react. Perhaps you would have prefer if he went to the person speaking and show out. Evidently this young child is being raise to show compassion for others, something to be proud of and learn from.

PS: Maybe, one day you'll experience something similar, and instead of reacting to it, you'll walk away too.

HalReid
HalReid

@AissaSnowden @HalReid It's a game ... his team lost and he was unable to step up to the plate. I have been a team player and had wonderful coaches in both hockey and football, they taught us to try harder if we lost ( not pout and sulk ). I've witnessed athletes that upon losing, would take their ball and go home ... they weren't team members and were often ridiculed by their own team. Cam is one of those athletes ! 

Bennet Jo
Bennet Jo

@HalReid @AissaSnowden oh so you know him? Well that's different. Did you happen to get this involved when Peyton lost to the Saints and left the field without even shaking hands with Drew Brees. These are people, not puppets. Show grace. 

HalReid
HalReid

@Bennet Jo @HalReid @AissaSnowden ... Big deal !


All this means is you are partial to pretty, dark skinned, NFL players ... thing is, so was Nicole Brown and look where she ended up ?

SixFeetFive1
SixFeetFive1

@HalReid- So you think O.J. & Cam are pretty? I'm done with reading your comments!

turn4tj
turn4tj

I gotta say, I was angered by Cam walking off but I am changing my opinion after reading a ton of bee ess online in regards to this. The one thing that resonates is he was true to himself. He was bummed and he didn't act any other way. This little boys letter is really beautiful because it takes all our grown up prejudice and preconceived ideas of how Cam should've behaved and tosses them out the window. Instead, he wanted to help his friend feel better. Maybe there is hope for us yet.

SandraEyre
SandraEyre

That trophy is worth more than anything he could have won on Super Bowl Sunday. Congratulations Cam winning a child's heart beats the Super Bowl everytime. Sincerely, a Broncos fan.

JohnOlsen
JohnOlsen

It's sad that this kid is more mature than Cam.

Carolann30
Carolann30

@JohnOlsen  I agree!! Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, two class acts win or loose. Maybe he needs to learn something from them. Imagine an eight year old could show him some class to.

LAMoses
LAMoses

What's sadder is your comment.

Bennet Jo
Bennet Jo

@Carolann30 @JohnOlsen you've got to be kidding. When did you start watching football. You might want to brush up on some factual behavior of your examples. This is amazing, the people who love to rush to judgement without realizing how uninformed they are. Google your pals. That said, both are excellent quarterbacks but no they also have blown it on their stages during their time.

nese0917
nese0917

Stephen you are one of the best friends that Cam could ever have. I am sure you made him smile knowing that you care. Continue supporting him just as I am. Cam you are the best!!

bigron6565
bigron6565

Love this kid.  There's something to be said about simple kindness and respect.  We could all learn a great lesson from him. 


Cheers.

SixFeetFive1
SixFeetFive1

It goes to show you that children are not concerned about Race, jealous about Contracts, Endorsements, MVP honors or the like!

Zmoneyfly
Zmoneyfly

Cam you have a young man that really loves 2 be you friend although you lost the Superbowl you still have life to live for and you still cheer up kids and teenagers like myself to strive for better no matter how hard it is get through it because next year will be even better that 15-1 keep your head up and love the game don't let your attitude effect how people thank of you because I dont care what nobody say about you because you are still my MVP and the best QB in football💯💯🏈🏈💸💸💸😘

C baker
C baker

I love you cam newton.....hold your head up high god is still blessing you you is loved by many peopl....you the greatest player in the game no matter what people may say you are loved.....you will come back greater than before ........love you cam newton..

trishtucker22
trishtucker22

Hello, Can, don't let your ,haters get to u, U r human, and a wonderful football player, So , keep pounding, because, next season is coming, . May God , bless you, even more ! Hold y head up high !