He impressed fans all season on the football field and a spot in his first Super Bowl on Sunday (February 7), but Cam Newton is much more than an NFL star. Earlier this week (February 2), the Panthers quarterback helped finish a mega-fan’s bucket list with a simple, yet powerful good deed.
Scot Sieczko, 22, passed away from cancer two years ago and he was a huge fan of Cam. According to his mother, Trae Sieczko, Scot followed Cam since his days at Auburn. The young fan’s bucket list included nabbing a signed jersey from the NFL star, and his mother strived to fulfill that wish.
Trae contacted Oakland’s KTVU anchor Frank Somerville on Facebook to spread the word about her mission. In a lengthy post, Somerville shared Scot’s story along with photos of him rocking Cam’s Panthers gear.
He wrote, “I have no idea if Cam Newton or someone with the NFL will hear about this. But how cool would it be if they do. Cam Newton seems like the kind of guy who would sign a jersey for her in a heartbeat. Especially if it would put a smile on a mom who hasn’t had a lot to smile about since her son died.”
Well, the post did work and Cam is the type of guy that would sign a jersey for a dedicated fan. According to reports, Somerville’s post was shared more than 1,600 times. Thanks to the viral status of the post and after a string of phone calls involving Oakland’s mayor and the CEO of the 49ers, Cam got the message and met with Trae to sign Scot’s jersey. He also gifted her with a jersey from Super Bowl 50.
Somerville’s post, which was inspired by his conversation with Trae, inspired people to work together and fulfill Scot’s dream. It’s also great to see Newton using his star power for good to bring light to the Sieczko.