CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Panthers quarterback Cam Newton recently announced that he and his girlfriend are expecting the birth of a second child.
On Wednesday, the 2015 NFL MVP shared an emotional letter that he wrote for his son Chosen, who turns one year old soon. The letter, which was released in a video narrated by Cam via The Players' Tribune, features the Panthers' quarterback opening up publicly about how much his son matters to him, and telling him to "be better than me."
I look at you and I am amazed about God’s creation.
Don’t be like me, son, be better than me. And create your own inspiration.
So you won’t expect something for nothing, Just hard work and determination.
I wrote this, thinking to myself, ‘Like, dang, I really have a son now.' And I guess it’s true what they say.
Time flies because chose is almost one
Your mom is the best thing to happen to me
Yet I have failed in some regards. But I still love her unconditionally.
Don’t be like me son, be better than me.
You don’t have to be an athlete to be accepted by me. You can be whatever you want to be.
But whatever you decide, I challenge you to be the best. I may not be able to tell you when, where and how, but there will be a test. And that test comes in many forms, sizes and shapes, too.
It’s my job as your father to prepare you as much as I can, so you will know exactly what to do.
When you sleep, I look in amazement as you breathe. But it hurts my heart to look back at your face in disappointment when I leave.
You’re everything I could have ever asked for. When I’m not with you it hurts me to my core.
At times, son, I am not proud of the man that I am. Some of my decisions are far from perfect. But do know, when it comes to you and this family, I will always do what I can. I had to sacrifice some things, and I made it all worth it.
Let no one tell you you’re not strong, that you’re not a king. My main responsibility is to see your heart gleam.
Make sure you protect the queens of you heart — that’s your mom and your sister — and remember that real men aren’t afraid of the dark.
So, son, be brave, be strong, be bold. And always remember the things I’ve told, King Cho.
I pray for your blessings and I pray for your peace. I pray I am the most influential person in your life until the day I am deceased.
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