After leaping over the top to score a one-yard touchdown in the second quarter of the Carolina Panthers-Green Bay Packers game on Sunday, Cam Newton attempted to retrieve the football to carry out his tradition of handing it to a young Panthers fan in the stands.
That's when former Panthers and current Packers linebacker Julius Peppers tossed the ball away from Newton, who chased it down and delivered it to 6-year-old Colin Toler, who was seated against a rail in the end zone at his first Panthers game.
Unbeknownst to Newton (and Peppers) at the time, Colin was attending the game with both of his grandfathers after his father, who had promised to take the boy to a game, passed away on Sept. 30 due to an unspecified medical condition, according to WSET.com.
"I was like, 'Oh gosh, oh gosh!" Colin said, recalling when he saw Newton walking in his direction with the ball. " 'Am I going to be on the big screen or am I going to be on TV?' I was jumping up and down like, 'Yeah!' "