Heisman Trophy 2010 Cam Newton

Just in case you have been a hole the past couple weeks, Cam Newton won the Heisman...is anyone surprised? This year's Heisman voting was one of the most lopsided victories since the prestigious award came about. And it would have been even a larger percentage of victory if this whole scandal with Cam Newton hadn't come about. I couldn't help but laugh though at some points last night. All the past Heisman winners were on stage, no Reggie Bush. There was a slide show of the pictures of all the past Heisman winners, a slide show that did not include Reggie Bush. Just months after Bush was forced to give up his Heisman trophy, it had become like he was never once even part of the prestigious community of past Heisman winners. Despite the allegations from Mississippi State, and all of the swirling controversy of Cam Newton and his father, Cecil Newton, there is no doubt that this award belonged to one Cam Newton. The stand out do-everything quarterback from Auburn University.
You'll have to check me on this, but i believe he was the only player to run, catch, and throw for a touchdown all season. He led the Tigers back from what seemed to be an insurmountable deficit against The Alabama Crimson Tide in the annual Iron bowl on senior day at Alabama. Although, this isn't so out of the ordinary for Newton, a sensational high school quarterback who always stayed calm, cool, and collected in the face of adversity. A high school quarterback who led his school on a seemingly impossible comeback to win the state championship. Calm, cool, and collected really seems to describe Newton. Throughout all the swirling controversies that have confronted him this year, on and off the field, he has stared them straight in the eye and taken on each challenge as they came about.
Most of the controversy about Cam Newton was all being directed at Cecil Newton, Cam's father. Despite whatever Cecil Newton did as far as accepting money or asking for money, there is no doubt a farther son bond exists. Cecil Newton chose not to be a part of the Heisman trophy ceremony, an event where his son was for sure going to win. This action i commend, but am saddened by at the same time. In a time where most anyone will do most anything to get into, and stay in the spotlight, Cecil Newton chose to stay at home and watch his son accept the award. Cam Newton thanked
his dad multiple times during his acceptance speech, and talked about how great his relationship is with his dad and how he would not be here without him. i commend Cecil Newton for not wanting to be the center of attention in not going to the Heisman ceremony. If he would have attended, I'm not sure if Kellen Moore even gets interviewed and his time goes straight to questioning Cecil Newton about all the negativity he has brought upon his son this year. I commend him for not being the center of attention, and letting the night belong to who it should belong to, his phenomenal quarterback son out of Auburn. Although, I am also saddened that Cecil newton did not show. In playing football, one's father is a great part to helping their son achieve his goals. It is a special time in a kid' life that only happens in once in a lifetime to 1 kid in the nation every year. In events like these, you want to be surrounded by the ones that you love and the ones that helped you get to where you are today. If that was present enough this year, think back to last year with Mark Ingram's tearful acceptance speech about his father, and how he wished he could be in attendance. It saddens me that Cecil newton and Cam Newton weren't able to share this moment together, but I am sure there will be more moments in near future, like at the NFL draft in the months to come, where his son is sure to be one of the first to go.
On a night where the question of Cecil newton accepting money from Mississippi State, and other universities, I couldn't help but chuckle a little to myself that the program following the Heisman trophy presentation on ESPN was the last episode in ESPN's acclaimed 30 for 30 series about the SMU Mustangs, and what they did in order to obtain success in the early 1980's. After wanting to believe Cam Newton and everything he has said, it is hard to find truthful after seeing what was happening in the way kids were recruited 30 years ago. If that is what was going on 30 years ago, I can only imagine how the whole recruiting process runs today. Although, for some reason, I have a gut feeling that Cam Newton really is telling the truth about him knowing nothing of what his father did. Even though there is a lot of scrutiny that surrounds him, and it seems almost impossible for this whole ordeal to go on behind his back, I for some reason find him innocent, and hope he is able to keep the coveted award he was honored with last night. I enjoy who Cam Newton is, not only as a player, but as a person, a true class act. I can only hope that no other allegations come out about, and that my gut feeling has been right all along. I hope he doesn't end up like Reggie Bush, and have his face and memory wiped clean of the prestige of the Heisman fraternity.

-Colby

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