"My longtime girlfriend and I were extremely blessed to have a son last week," Newton tweeted

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Updated December 30, 2015 11:50 PM
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Cam Newton is a father!

The Carolina Panthers quarterback took to Twitter on Wednesday to announce he and longtime girlfriend Kia Proctor welcomed a baby boy.

“My longtime girlfriend and I were extremely blessed to have a son last week,” Newton, 26, wrote. “Our family is excited and thank you all for the well wishes!”

The baby was born on Christmas Eve, according to The Charlotte Observer. The football star was seen leaving practice early on Dec. 24 in order to travel to Atlanta, where Proctor, 27, gave birth.

Recently, fans were perplexed when Newton performed a new touchdown dance during Sunday’s Atlanta Falcons game when he cradled the ball like rocking a baby to sleep after reaching the end zone in the first-quarter. It all makes sense now!

“I’ve been quiet about this because I didn’t want to create a distraction for my team and appreciate the privacy in this joyous time,” Newton added.

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