Auburn QB Cam Newton's Integrity Is Not in Question: He Is Worthy of the Heisman

Jonathan FravelSenior Analyst IOctober 25, 2010

AUBURN, AL - OCTOBER 16:  Quarterback Cam Newton #2 of the Auburn Tigers throws a practice pass before the game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Jordan-Hare Stadium on October 16, 2010 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)
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It is reasonable to discuss concerns regarding Cameron Newton, this is an open forum sports blog.

For the record, be sure to judge how you wish to be judged. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Your decision will not be just otherwise.

Cameron Newton made a mistake. It's common to make mistakes as a human. I don't know a human being who hasn't had issues with integrity or any other character issue at one time or another in his or her life. Character is something that is developed over a lifetime—it is not genetically gifted.

This young man paid his debt to society for the mistake he made while attending the University of Florida. He did not set the level of debt incurred for his action, the Florida judicial system was responsible for doing that, and he did what they requested for him to do in order to set things right.

He has expressed remorse for his actions, publicly and privately. The judicial books are cleared. The debt is paid in full. He left Florida when he realized that Tim Tebow was returning and Urban Meyer wanted to make a receiver out of Newton. Cameron Newton has a passion to play quarterback. He plays the position well.

Newton made a very good choice for himself by attending Binns JC. He hasn't shown a lack of integrity since the incident at UF. While at Binns he led his team to a National Championship and his character on and off the field was exemplary.

Cameron Newton has not been shown to lack integrity during his stent at Auburn; in fact, just the opposite. He has developed into a stand-up kind of guy, and has shown leadership on and off the field. His character, to my knowledge, is no longer in question.

He has had an incredible run at Auburn as a football player. He is responsible for a great deal of their success on the field. By all standards, he is the best football athlete and most valuable athlete to his team in the entire country, at this point in the season.


If one dwells on past mistakes, without ever forgiving the one who is remorseful, it shows that one lacks the ability to forgive. That is more of a reflection of the person who lacks the ability to forgive than the one who has been forgiven or who desires to be forgiven.

From what has been said in a previous article about Cameron Newton's past incident, and what is known about this young man since that day, he is worthy of the prize that any one or any trust bestows onto him.

I, for one, hope he gets the Heisman Trophy if he continues to produce on the field. He is an amazing athlete and AU would definitely be a much different team without his skills.

He is not a poser. He is the real deal. He is charismatic, and will serve the Heisman Trust well. They are lucky to have such a person to chose for their reward. Go Cameron.