The Auburn quarterback is the current favorite in the 2010 Heisman Trophy race showing off his skills on the field every weekend. It’s his actions off the field that beg the question of wheterh Cam Newton is the kind of guy we want our children looking up to.
On the field, Newton has proven himself to be an adaptable player breaking records and setting other teams on fire. Off the field, he’s a player who has struggled to find a home playing for three different colleges throughout his college career and a history of legal issues to his credit.
Newton started his college football career with The University of Florida playing as a backup to future Heisman winner and future NFL player Tim Tebrown. His stay at Florida lasted just a single season before he was redshirted due to a run-in with the law. In November 2008, Newton was arrested on felony charges of burglary, larceny and obstruction of justice. He allegedly purchased a stolen laptop from another student. The charges were ultimately dropped after Newton completed a court-approved pretrial diversion program. However the damage was done and he opted to transfer to another school. In January 2009, Newton tranferred out of The University of Florida to Blinn College in Texas. At the lower tier college, Newston was able to lead his team to the NJCAA National Football Championship in 2009. His performance during the season earned him the spot on the team at Auburn University.
It is at Auburn that Cam Newton has found his football home. During his first year with the team, Newton has consistantly showcased his talent on the field and proven himself as a leader off the field. He has established himself as the front-runner in the Heisman Trophy race and become a leading name in future NFL drafts.
Despite his early history, Cam Newton has proven that he can put his mistakes behind him and move forward with his head held high into the future.
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