The Carolina Panthers did not finish well, as they dropped an overtime game to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 27-21. But early in the game, quarterback Cam Newton made a kid's year by handing him a football.
Jonathan Stewart had a 1-yard touchdown in the second quarter to put the Panthers up 14-10. Newton grabbed the ball, then ran to the stands and handed the football to a young fan sitting in the stands at Bank of America Stadium. (Press play. You'll be glad you did.)
Check out the look on that kid's face. That is what you call pure, unadulterated joy. Not only was Sunday awesome for him, but he gets to tell his friends about his football at school Monday. Plus, holidays and days off and presents and good food are coming his way. This child might be the happiest person on the planet, and it's all thanks to Newton.
If that doesn't make you smile, your heart may be three sizes too small.
UPDATE: Mike Curran, the father of the young ball recipient, emailed Shutdown Corner to share that this was his son's first Panthers game. He brought the ball to school Monday, and even kept it close by at bedtime.
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