« BACK TO TMZ TMZ

Our TV Shows

Got a Tip?

Call TMZ at (888) 847-9869 or Click Here

Cam Newton

Surprise Hospital Visit

For Injured H.S. Quarterback

8/21/2014 11:49 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0821-cam-newton-jaylend-visit-facebook-01

Cam Newton made a surprise hospital visit to a star high school QB who's recovering from a serious brain injury sustained in an ATV accident ... after learning he was the kid's favorite player. 

The star QB is Jaylend Ratliffe -- a senior who had been offered a full scholarship to Georgia Tech before fracturing his skull during the July 30th accident. 

Ratliffe underwent emergency brain surgery a tracheotomy -- and is now recovering at a hospital in Charlotte, NC. 

We're told ... Newton got word of Ratliffe's story through friends at Georgia Tech and decided to pay Jaylend a visit at the hospital on Tuesday afternoon ... bringing Panthers swag and an autographed football. 

Cam stayed for about an hour just talking and hanging out with Jaylend -- and according to people close Ratliffe, the high schooler was thrilled. 

In fact, Ratlife's family gave Cam a "2 Strong" shirt -- which the fam is selling to raise money for Jaylend's medical bills. 

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, it's unclear if Ratliffe will ever play football again -- but Georgia Tech has offered to honor the scholarship offer regardless. 

#GetWellSoon

For more sports stories, check out tmzsports.com!
11 COMMENTS

No Avatar

1.

nickieyler3    

A wonderful story indeed, but SHAME ON YOU for posting Jaylend's picture after being asked not to, knowing his mother did not want any hospital pictures of him out there. W/ Cam Newton or not w/ Cam Newton. Despicable.

27 days ago
2.

nickieyler3    

Might I add! Cam Newton didn't get a shirt and Jaylend's family isn't doing the fundraiser! My family is, they are friends of Jaylend's family! At least if you're gonna put the article out there, after being asked not to, the least you could do is get the story right!

27 days ago
3.

Philip    

I would check the room real well and see if he stole anything. He has a history of being light-fingered.

27 days ago
4.

Stiletto    

Keep going Jaylend! Football may be over for you...but with the same drive you put into it, you can be successful and happy in many, many other areas! Prayers going out!

26 days ago
5.

StevenB    

I gotta give Newton his props - he is no longer the arrogant little ass he came into the league as but appears to have grown up and become a decent man.

26 days ago

Around The Web