(CBS) To play quarterback in the NFL, you must be as close to fearless as possible.

Few other activities leave you starring down the face mask of a 300-pound athlete who wants to do nothing more than destroy  you.

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But for Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, the challenge of playing baseball was much, much scarier than playing football.

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In fact, Newton quit baseball at a young age because he was afraid of the ball.

“I quit baseball at 14 because I was afraid of the pitches,” Newton told ESPN the Magazine. “The kids started getting better and throwing faster, and it would’ve hurt getting hit by that ball, so I stopped playing. That left a void, so I started playing basketball in the eighth grade.”

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