The Carolina Panthers’ regular season starts on Sunday, but quarterback Cam Newton is still finding time to have fun — the kind of fun that earns you a spot in the record books.
Newton’s Guinness world record feat? In the span of 60 seconds, he caught 51 passes one-handed, beating the previous record of 48. He set the record back in July, but he didn’t do it alone. Candler Hallow, a member of YouTube star MrBeast's crew, fed him those passes. And with a YouTuber involved, of course the whole thing was caught on video for endless future enjoyment.
After Newton set the record and received the commemorative plaque (which he said he’d be putting up in his house), he praised Hollow for his invaluable help.
"I wouldn't have been able to do that without my quarterback,'' Newton said. "I just feel like we have a bond for the rest of our life. Like Jack and Rose."
Newton, who also helped set the record for the longest pass caught while blindfolded and in motion, had a lot to say about his hands in that video. He doesn’t just think they’re great — he thinks they’re the best in the NFL.
"Let's just put it like this: I have the best hands in the NFL," Newton said. "You can document that. I have film. I really do have film of me catching passes in an actual game. I didn't drop one yet ... that was catchable."
Newton’s love of his hands isn’t a new thing — he’s talked about how great his hands are for years. Here’s what he said about them in 2016, when he was arguing that he and his natural, glove-free hands should be on the Panthers’ hands team. Via Newsday:
“I was always wondering why I’m not on the hands team. I catch the ball every single shotgun snap. ... I think I’ll put the case in. I’m telling you, these hands are tailgate approved, much appreciated. No gloves, either. Know what I’m saying? No artificial, just straight organic hands. You don’t see that a lot of times in this day and age.”
His opinion of his hands has only grown with time — but now he has a Guinness world record to back it up.
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