Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton had just climbed out of the crushed cab of his overturned 1998 Dodge Ram truck. He had two transverse process fractures in his back, although he said he couldn’t feel that yet — too much adrenaline. And he couldn’t get the grin off his face.
“I got myself out of the truck, and I couldn’t stop smiling,” Newton said. “In my book, one plus one always is going to equal two. And I’m looking at this truck and I’m looking at this accident, and I’m like, ‘Dude, one plus one ain’t equaling two,’ because I’m looking at this truck, and I’m like, ‘Somebody’s supposed to be dead.’
“I just can’t stop smiling because it’s like God has his hands on me. I’m on somebody’s fantasy league, and I think it’s the man upstairs.”
Newton was involved in a traffic accident on Tuesday. Auburn‘s 2010 Heisman Trophy winner was on his way to the Panthers’ facilities at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte when his truck was hit by a car, sending Newton’s vehicle tumbling.
After spending Tuesday night at Carolinas Medical Center and the rest of Wednesday at home resting, Newton made it to Bank of America Stadium on Thursday. He wanted to start on his rehabilitation program and see his teammates and coaches. While there, he held a press conference in the afternoon.
The Panthers host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. Newton will not play in the game. He said he did not know when he would return to the field.