For most boys, the decision to walk away from baseball has something to do with skill, or the desire to pursue some other endeavor. But neither of these reasons pertained to Newton. He insists that he quit baseball because he was afraid of the ball. No, seriously.
Newton revealed his fear in this interview with ESPN The Magazine.
I quit baseball at 14 because I was afraid of the pitches. The kids started getting better and throwing faster, and it would’ve hurt getting hit by that ball, so I stopped playing….. My mom always wondered how I could be afraid of a little baseball when I always had these huge guys chasing me. It’s a good question.
So, to recap, Newton is much more afraid of a whizzing fastball than a slew of beefed-up linebackers and over-sized lineman charging at him. While there is certainly many people who would be scared to step in the batter's box and face a fastball from Justin Verlander, I have got to believe that many more would be much more afraid to take a snap under center in a National Football League game.
Count Newton as one in the minority, though.
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