(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.READ MORE: Belmont Cragin Carjacking Leads To Fiery Crash, Multiple Other Parked Cars Struck
But for Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, the challenge of playing baseball was much, much scarier than playing football.READ MORE: Surveilence Video Shows Moments Leading To The Arrest Of Allan M. Brown, Suspect In Kenosha Police Shooting
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.”MORE NEWS: Police Investigate Bank Robbery In Hyde Park