Because he has bigger fish to fry, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton won't be in attendance when the NFL hands out the MVP award he's expected to win Saturday night in San Francisco.
Not surprisingly, Newton will instead be with the team in San Jose, a source confirmed. The official announcement is scheduled for shortly before 7 p.m. local time, about 21 hours before the Panthers and Broncos kick off Super Bowl 50.
Newton will accept the award either via satellite or in a videotaped message like Peyton Manning did on the eve of Super Bowl 48.
Ron Rivera, who will presumably win Coach of the Year for the second time in the past three seasons, also has to skip the ceremony.
Linebacker Thomas Davis is still scheduled to make the 50-mile trip to San Francisco Saturday morning when he'll be handed the Bart Starr Award. That honor, which is voted on by players, goes to a player who exemplifies character and leadership on and off the field.