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Cam Newton pens heartfelt letter to son Chosen for first birthday (vid)

Cam Newton mentioned a few weeks ago he was planning to do something special for his son Chosen’s first birthday. On Wednesday, the Carolina Panthers quarterback delivered on that plan.

Newton penned a heartfelt letter to Chosen, whose birthday is Dec. 24, and read it aloud in a touching video posted on Twitter by The Players’ Tribune.

The footage opens with video of Newton in the delivery room at Chosen’s birth as well as candid photos of their first year together.

The letter reads, as transcribed by ESPN’s David Newton.

“This promise I tell you. I look at you and I am amazed by God’s creation. Don’t be like me son. Be better than me. And create your own inspiration. So you won’t expect something for 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 your 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, I’m 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. 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 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 unique. And be beautifully you. This promise I tell you.’’

Newton mentioned he has been hounded to release photographs of Chosen over the past year and felt the video was the best way to accomplish that along with delivering on his plan to do something special as a gift for Chosen on his first birthday.

Mission accomplished.