“Be Better Than Me”: Cam Newton’s Letter to His Baby Boy Will Leave Your Heart in Pieces

“I look at you and I am amazed about God’s creation. Don’t be like me, son, Be better than me.”

Cam Newton is most well-known for his amazing exploits on the football field. The Carolina Panthers pro, who played college football at Auburn, is the only player in modern times to be awarded the Heisman Trophy, win a national championship and become the first overall pick in an NFL draft in a one-year time period.

But last December, Newton made his biggest achievement of all: He became a father to his son, Chosen. Recently, Newton published this video of a beautiful letter to his sweet son, and it straight-up moved me to tears! In case you want to read as you weep, I’ve transcribed the video for you below—but you should definitely watch the video of all the beautiful photos of Newton and his family, which includes a little brother or sister for Chosen coming up soon!

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Dear Chosen,

This promise I tell you.

I look at you and I am amazed about God’s creation.

Don’t be like me, son,
Be better than me.
And create your own inspiration
So you won’t expect something from nothing,
Just hard work and determination.

I wrote this thinking to myself…
Like, Dang, I really have a son now.
And I guess it’s true what they say,
Time flies—because Chosen is almost one now.

Your mom is the best thing to happen to me,
Yet I have failed in some regards.
But I still love her unconditionally.

Don’t be like me, son,
Be better than me.
You don’t have to be an athlete to be accepted by me.
You can be whatever you want to be.

But whatever you decide,
I challenge you to be the best.
I may not be able to tell you when, where and how, but there will be a test.
And that test comes in many forms, sizes and shapes, too.

It’s my job as a father to prepare you as much as I can,
So you will know exactly what to do.
When you sleep, I look in amazement as you breathe.
But it hurts my heart to look back at your face in disappointment when I leave.
You’re everything I could have ever asked for.
When I’m not with you, it hurts me to my core.

At times, son, I am not proud of the man that I am.
Some of my decisions are far from perfect.
But do know, when it comes to you and this family, I will always do what I can.
I had to sacrifice some things, and I made it all worth it.
Let no one tell you you’re not strong, that you’re not a king.
My main responsibility is to see your heart gleam.
If I ever leave, make sure you protect the queens of your heart—
That’s your mom and your sister—
And remember that real men aren’t afraid of the dark.

So, son, be brave, be strong, be bold.
And always remember the things I’ve told,
King Cho.

I pray for your blessings and I pray for your peace.
I pray I am the most influential person in your life until the day I am deceased.

Chosen, I will always be there when you need me,
And I am writing you this for you to see,
To show you how much I love you, and what a real man is supposed to be.

I love you, son.
And remember, always:
Love and be true.
And most of all, be UN1QUE,
And be beautifully you.

This promise I tell you.

Jenny Rapson
Jenny Rapson is a wife and mom of three from Ohio and the editor of For Every Mom. You can also find her alternately griping and gushing about her kids at her own blog, Mommin' It Up. You can email her at [email protected], or follow her on Twitter.

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