Heisman Finalist Cam Newton: Auburn's Success Points Toward His Character

Anthony CagleCorrespondent IDecember 7, 2010

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 04:  Quarterback Cam Newton #2 of the Auburn Tigers celebrates after their 56-17 win over the South Carolina Gamecocks during the 2010 SEC Championship at Georgia Dome on December 4, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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The Heisman finalists have been announced. And while Cam Newton was named as a finalist, there are some voters that chose to leave his name off of their ballots. This is largely because they feel that Cam Newton does not meet “integrity standards.” These individuals have such a high moral code that they have decided that they can not vote for Newton with a clean conscience.

They base this off the fact that he was arrested for being in possession of a stolen computer. I guess they missed the part where charges were dropped. They base this off of the fact that he managed to receive over 12 traffic violations in just over year. I am not sure that traffic violations are a judge of one’s character.

They base this off the Thayer Evans report that Cam Newton was on the verge of being kicked out of the University of Florida for three counts of cheating. Of course, Evans had only a single anonymous source for that story. It has come out since then that the story that Evans told is not accurate.

And we all know that they are basing it off of the recent NCAA investigation. Evidentially Cam Newton is responsible for his father’s actions. It seems to me that these people have never made mistakes in their life. And it is obvious that they feel that people are not capable of growing up or changing.

They obviously missed the Roy Exum article for “The Patriot Post.” This article may be old news to most (it was posted in October), however with these continued attacks on Newton’s character it is still relevant.

The article talks about some of the above issues, however it also shows a side of Newton that many may not be aware of. Newton finds a way around football, classes and interviews to help struggling elementary children. Classless, I know.

Even after the principal suggested that he might not have enough time to devote to these children, Newton told her that he would find a way. How selfish. Every Monday he shows up at the school and goes over each child’s reports and work. The principal says that Newton takes the self-imposed responsibility seriously.

I do not personally know Cam Newton; however, it seems that people that do paint a different picture than the “thug” that many people want to label him. Brad Franchione, Newton’s coach at Blinn Junior College, defended Newton to CBS Sports.

Gene Chizik called the cheating allegations “garbage” and defended Newton saying that he had done everything asked of him and said that he was “a great human being.” It seems to me that those people that do know him find nothing wrong with his character.

As I said, I do not know Cam Newton personally, however there is one thing that I feel points towards his character. The proof positive of Cam Newton’s character is Auburn’s undefeated season. There are few, if any that would have dared pick Auburn to win the SEC West. And fewer to pick them to win the SEC Championship. I doubt any of those left would have dreamed they would play for the National Championship in January.

Many claim that Auburn is a one-man show. Those people have not watched the Tigers play. The Tigers have consistently improved as a team. They have overcome a very tough schedule. They have battle through adversity. Auburn has come from behind in eight of 13 games. They have been able to do all of this because they play as a team with great chemistry.

Auburn would not have made it undefeated through LSU if Newton were the “cocky thug” that many label him. And there is no way that they would have finished the season undefeated after the accusations of pay to play began to come out.

After the Iron Bowl, Chizik told the team that there was a lot of love in the room. He told them that it was evident because there is no way that they could have come back to win otherwise.

Through adversity on and off the field this Auburn team has improved and come together. They have supported Cam Newton. One bad apple can ruin the bunch. Well it is obvious by the season that the Auburn Tigers are having that he is not a bad apple.