“I just want to take this opportunity — man, wow — whoever’s watching this, God is real. That’s fact,” he said after the game. “I’m just a vessel of him and he’s working in my life. I was teasing some people about it, about what’s going on. You can’t even make up a lie this good. I’m just happy to be back. I’m just happy to be a contributor to a team that’s already good; we’re just trying to get over the hump.”
Newton’s return to the gridiron comes after being released from the New England Patriots in August. “This time last week I was eating a bowl of cereal,” he said. “So that just puts things into perspective.”
Newton told reporters that he used his time at home to allow God to work on him. He found that to really find out what God had in store for him, he needed to skip football for a week, choosing to not watch a single game.
“After going to church, being with my children and not even watching football, it was about maximizing the person I need to be,” he said. “God is working in my life right now and I ain’t hiding away from it. Man, God is good, I can tell you that. There’s something about the significance of today.”
Newton suggested that there was a biblical significance in facing the Arizona Cardinals. “In this morning’s devotion, I was reading about Moses,” he said. “God spoke to Moses in the desert.” He believes the team’s victory was not a coincidence because Arizona is in the desert and the Cardinal’s fan base has been nicknamed “the Red Sea”.
“I can’t even take the credit,” he said. “I don’t want to take the credit. I refuse to take the credit. This is all God’s work.”
–Alan Goforth | Metro Voice