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Panthers' Newton helps CA mom with son's unfinished bucket list

Panthers' quarterback Cam Newton help a CA mom check off an item from her son's unfinished bucket list (Courtesy: Trae Sieczko) Panthers' quarterback Cam Newton help a CA mom check off an item from her son's unfinished bucket list (Courtesy: Trae Sieczko)
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Carolina Panthers' quarterback Cam Newton has been talked about a lot for his plays on the field, his fashion off the field and everything in between.  Most of these things came to a head at Monday night's Media Night in San Francisco ahead of Super Bowl 50.

But what you didn't see in the headlines was the closure Newton brought to one California family that night.

Scot Sieczko was a huge football fan. When Newton left the University of Florida and began playing at Auburn University, Sieczko was hooked. He was a huge fan.

"He called me one day and said 'Mommy you have to see this guy he is amazing. He plays for Auburn and he's the quarterback'," his mother Trae recalls.

When the Panthers selected Cam as the number one pick of the 2011 NFL Draft, Scot bucked the family following of the local San Francisco 49ers and became a Panthers fan.

"His dream was to meet Cam and get his signature on his jersey," Trae said.

Just one year later, Scot was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma, a childhood cancer, in June 2012.  He completed a 54-week program with the children's hospital in San Francisco.

"When he was sick, he wanted the Cam Newton jersey," Trae said. "Actually, he wanted the whole outfit, so I got him shoes, glasses a beanie."

When things started to get worse for Scot's health, he made a bucket list. For the last five months of his life, the family did everything they could to have fun with Scot.

At one point, the San Francisco Zoo let Scot meet a penguin. Four had recently been born and Scot held one, named Rubert, in his lap.

Two things remained on his bucket list - meet Cam Newton, get him to sign Scot's jersey.

The family was planning a trip to a Panthers game, but Scot passed away in September 2014. He was 22 years old. 

Trae decided that some how, some way she would finish Scot's list.

When the Panthers defeated the Arizona Cardinals and clinched a trip to the Super Bowl, Trae couldn't believe it.

"Oh my God, he's coming here," she thought. "How can I get to him? I'm going to stalk him at the hotel."

She got help from a San Francisco television station. Her story was posted on Facebook and went viral. The Mayor of Santa Clara got involved and soon, Trae found herslef at the SAP Center Monday night where the NFL was holding Media Night.

Trae says Newton invited her to come to media night.

"Instead of just signing the jersey, he had asked for us to come to media night, so we couuld meet him after he was done. He signed the jersey and even gave me my own Super Bowl 50 jersey," she recalled. "This was the first time I was in awe and couldn't speak."

Scot's bucket list now nearly completed, through his mom.

Trae says she plans to put both signed jerseys in a case for the office of a non-profit they created in Scot's honor, TeamScot.org.

One last item - a train ride from San Francisco to Seattle with the Newton signed jersey. The family plans to take the trip with the jersey in a glass case.

While the family still pulls for the 49ers, Newton will forever be in their hearts.

"I told him to please win the game on Sunday and he said he would do his best," she said. "I know they're going to win. I know Scot will be right next to Cam, making sure he does great." 

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