Cam Newton Wins the Heisman: Is It Relevant and Should We Even Care?

Dave WalkerCorrespondent IDecember 10, 2010

The Heisman Trophy has been dubbed one of the most prestigious awards in all of sports and is handed out to the nation's top collegiate football player, for those of you who don't already know.

This year's award will go to Auburn QB Cam Newton, who has amassed nearly 50 touchdowns—28 through the air, 20 on the ground and one receiving—and has produced nearly 4,000 yards of total offense.

Simply put, Newton is the best player in college football, with apologies to LaMichael James, who had a very good year as well.

Newton also has led Auburn to the BCS national title game, where they will face Oregon on January 10th.

But how relevant is Newton's winning the award, and should we care?

First of all, Auburn fans, calm down and please let me explain before you go pinpointing me for execution.

As was stated before, he is the best player on the best team and has had the best year.

But in the entire realm of things, will we even remember his name five years from now?

Many who have won the award before Newton have gone on to bigger and better things at the next level.

Many have also gone on to owning used car lots and having to call Don Ready to sell cars for them on a holiday weekend.

Newton appears to not be the typical "next level" guy, so this begs the question, where will he end up in five years?

Eric Crouch was a mobile and somewhat efficient Heisman winner for Nebraska nearly a decade ago. He got his NFL chance with the Rams at WR and was done before the start of the regular season.

Danny Wuerffel also won the award. He got several opportunities to play big boy ball and never lived up to the expectations of his Heisman lore.

Even Carson Palmer has been a "flat" Heisman winner despite being with the Bengals. Palmer has seemingly thrown more pick sixes than TDs this year and may be looking for another team come 2011.

Do you see where I am going so far?

If not, here is a hint: They are all QUARTERBACKS!

I could also add Gino Torretta, Charlie Ward, Chris Weinke and Jason White to the list.

Many Heisman-winning QBs fail to do much of anything after their college playing days, with the exception of guys like Jim Plunkett, Vinny Testaverde and Doug Flutie.

Newton will almost certainly get his shot at the next level, but all signs point to him being moved to a skill position other than QB.

The bottom line is that Newton will and has gotten all the credit he deserves for what he achieved in the 2010 season, and that includes the Heisman Trophy. He may even win the Sears Trophy a month from now, but the question will remain: Will we even remember his name in five years?

We may, but that is only if he wins the "Big Game" next month and goes on to somewhat of a decent career at the next level.

Otherwise it will be just another Gino, Danny or Jason claiming the award Saturday night...