David Gettis can’t wait to get onto the field with Cam Newton.
“He’s the quarterback,” Gettis said. “He can do whatever he wants to do. It’s his team, and I’m just happy to be a part of it.”
Gettis had to watch Newton’s rookie season out of uniform, after tearing his ACL in training Camp, and claims to be “93 percent” back from the injury.
“Right now, I’m just trying to get my full strength back and then just try to get the bulk back in my leg,” he said. “It’s clearly there, but it’s a little off, so I’m still working on strength, just trying to finish out the little parts to make me 100 percent.
“My job right now is to get healthy and not be just the same player but a better player than I was before I got hurt.”
Gettis had a strong rookie season in 2010, leading a struggling Carolina Panthers offense with three receiving touchdowns, and 37 receptions for 508 yards.
“The most difficult part of it is that I had to sit out the whole season, which I’ve never done, and obviously the rehabilitation was tough,” Gettis said. “I felt so heartbroken that I couldn’t be on the field, so I just watched games from a box. As much as you want to cheer on your teammates, your friends, and see them succeed, at the end of the day it was tough because I wanted to be out there so bad.”
Hopefully, the injury bug will not strike again, and then he can catch a few touchdowns with his new superstar quarterback.