Newton’s crazy few weeks

May has been a whirlwind month for former Kentucky quarterback Morgan Newton, who worked out for the New York Giants at tight end as an undrafted free agent, then got cut by the Giants before being signed by the Giants and only to get cut again late this week.

When I caught up with the former UK player early last week (before being cut the second time) Newton described how he went from law firm intern to Giants rookie in one day.

The first time he was cut after rookie mini-camp, he said he felt fine about it.

“I gave it my shot,” Newton said on Tuesday afternoon. “I’ll go home and like thousands of other people, I’ll go find a job and just prepare for law school.”

So he started his internship at Lexington law firm Kinkead & Stiltz on a Monday. Three days later, he was in a conference room listening to a deposition when his phone blew up with calls from his agent and his father.

Later that night he was on a plane to New Jersey to join his fellow rookies. But 13 days into his pro career, Newton was cut again.

It’s likely he will end up back at Kinkead & Stiltz and then go onto UK Law School in the fall as he had planned initially. Newton said the firm had been great about letting him embrace his NFL opportunity.

“They’ve been really, really awesome,” said Newton, who is pondering a career in sports or business law. “They’ve been extremely supportive.”

About Jennifer Smith

Jen Smith has been a sports writer at the Herald-Leader since 2000, covering everything from high school sports to auto racing to various University of Kentucky sports. A native of Louisville and a graduate of the University of Kentucky (much to the dismay of her Louisville graduate mother and Indiana graduate father), Jen now resides in downtown Lexington with her husband and two young sons. You can follow her on Twitter @jenheraldleader or send her an email at
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