Free agent quarterback Cam Newton has confirmed he's been vaccinated against the coronavirus since his release by the New England Patriots.
The 2015 NFL MVP revealed he was inoculated and confirmed he would like to continue his playing career in a video posted to his YouTube channel, ESPN reported.
"Recently, just to clear the air, I got the vaccination," Newton says in the opening moments of the clip, which was published on Sunday.
Later, he suggests his competitive juices are still flowing despite the layoff following his release.
"Hell yeah I still want to play football," Newton says in the video. "I still get that urge to go out and perform and do something that I've been doing since I was 7 years old."
The Newton vaccine update was first reported by Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo of NFL Network.
The 32-year-old free agent missed three practices this summer during training camp with the Patriots due to what the team called a misunderstanding over protocols. He also missed several weeks last season after testing positive for the virus.
The Patriots denied Newton's vaccination status played a role in Newton being cut. The team was 2-4 through its first six games under rookie starter Mac Jones.
In the video, Newton claims he has received offers from interested teams, but said the situation "has to be right."
He says he was initially hesitant to get the vaccine because of "side effects" that "weren't beneficial to me."