Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton surprised fans on Dec. 30 when he announced that he and longtime girlfriend Kia Proctor had welcomed their first child, a baby boy.
On Thursday, Newton -- who is enjoying a bye week as his team prepares for the NFL playoffs -- revealed his newborn son’s name on his practice jersey. ESPN reporter David Newton (no relation) confirmed that Newton and Proctor named their baby boy Chosen Sebastian Newton.
It’s a unique name, fitting for the son of one of the NFL’s most unique and versatile talents. Even more interesting, Newton wears No. 1 for the Panthers, so when the name and number on his practice jersey are combined, it reads “Chosen One.”
“That’s different and unique, just like him," Carolina cornerback Josh Norman told ESPN. “Everybody has their way of doing things. He has his."
Newton announced the birth of his son on Twitter, adding that he and Proctor kept the pregnancy under wraps so as not to cause a distraction as the Panthers completed the regular season and made the push to the playoffs.
“I've been quiet about this because I didn't want to create a distraction for my team,” he tweeted in December, thanking fans for the well wishes, “and appreciate the privacy in this joyous time.”
My longtime girlfriend and I were extremely blessed to have a son last week. Our family is excited and thank you all for the well wishes!— Cameron Newton (@CameronNewton) December 31, 2015
I've been quiet about this because I didn't want to create a distraction for my team and appreciate the privacy in this joyous time.— Cameron Newton (@CameronNewton) December 31, 2015