If Cam Newton wants to be the next Tim Tebow what that really entails is becoming a legendary face of college football. Tebow was almost flawless in a public relations sense and gave his critics very little to work with in the form of criticism.
Off the field, Tebow was devoutly religious and very public about his beliefs in and adherence to a high sense of morality.
On the field, Tebow was hailed by his players, coaches and opponents as one of the game's great field generals. Tebow was never out of any football game, mainly because of his ability to rally his team around him during times of peril.
By all accounts, Cam Newton arrived at Auburn a humble player who immediately impacted the entire program with his work ethic and modesty. As he proved himself on the field, he became more vocal in the locker room and is now unquestionably the Tigers' leader.
Newton has performed well so far in his role as a leader and has been a positive influence on the entire team, especially during close game this season.
Off the field, Newton's life is much less public than Tebow's was but if he wants to be accepted into the pantheon of greatness where Tebow resides, he will have to avoid implication in recruiting scandals like the one he was recently embroiled in.
Tebow set the gold standard for any player in the intangibles department. He was a charismatic leader who was likely always the most moral player of anybody on the field. While Newton has proven to be a leader and a great football player, being the next Tim Tebow includes living up to the entire package.
Newton needs to keep himself out of any trouble and continue to lead with integrity for the rest of his college career, if he even hopes to approach Tebow's standing in the college football world.