“I always ask myself: Why ain’t I on the hands team? I got the best hands. I catch the ball every single play from snaps.” – Cam Newton
— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) December 17, 2013
So, this happened. As wonderful as the internet is, it has trouble communicating tone. On one hand, Cam Newton is pretty much built like a super hero, so it is a little believable he might think it. On the other hand, he has to know this is nuts and is having fun with the media, right?
In a world where no one ever gets hurt, this seems reasonable enough. Newton is a huge guy and if he can catch the ball as well as he says, it would make sense to put him on the hands team. The problem is his head coach Ron Rivera would be fired before he got halfway onto the field. Even if it worked and Newton won the game while not getting hurt, critics would eviscerate Rivera for putting his franchise quarterback out there in that situation.
Larry Fitzgerald suffered a concussion on the hands team. In his rookie season in the NFL as a member of the Cleveland Browns, Kellen Winslow Jr. broke his leg trying to recover an onside kick; a move that made plenty of sense but one Butch Davis probably still hears about to this day because of the results.
Again, hopefully this is tongue-in-cheek by Newton; hopefully. Maybe the most important part of this whole thing is why Newton is asking himself questions.