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With the success Cam Newton has had in the NFL, it's almost hard to remember his tumultuous college football career.
Many remember how it ended—with a Heisman trophy and BCS National Championship.
But it began at Florida where he was slated as the backup to Tim Tebow. He was arrested for stealing a laptop and subsequently suspended from the team.
Newton them transferred to Blinn College, where he put up incredible numbers and became one of the most sought-after junior college recruits in the country. He eventually chose Auburn and led the Tigers to an undefeated season in 2010.
But in early November of that year news came out that Cam's father, Cecil, had put a price on his son's recruitment. He allegedly told several people involved with Mississippi State that it would take between $120,000 and $180,000 for his son to play for their team.
After briefly being ineligible to play for Auburn in late November, the NCAA decided that the university had no involvement and Cam had no knowledge of his dad's involvement with his recruitment.
A later investigation found nothing, and Cam was drafted first overall by the Carolina Panthers in 2011.
It's always positive to see a player breakaway from a troubled past, and Newton has done just that. But it'll be hard for some to forget the way it all began.