Cam Newton confirmed he was afraid to get hurt during Super Bowl's most crucial play
In the aftermath of Super Bowl 50, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has been harshly criticized for appearing to hesitate instead of jumping on the loose football he had fumbled late in the 4th quarter. The Broncos recovered the ball, and on the ensuing drive C.J. Anderson found the back of the end zone to seal a Denver Super Bowl victory.
Why did Newton pause, when it appeared he had the best shot of recovering the football? Some, including head coach Ron Rivera, thought that the MVP quarterback was anticipating the ball would be tipped farther into the backfield; others thought that he had already accepted defeat.
The prevailing logic, though, was that Newton simply didn't want to get injured, and diving into a pile of linemen would put his safety at risk.
Here's the play. Note that Newton appears to pull up when he has a window to secure the football:
"I didn't get the fumble, but we can play tit-for-tat," Newton said. "I see numerous quarterbacks throw interceptions and their effort afterwards, they don't go."
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