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How many talented and promising young quarterback prospects have fizzled due to their inability to stay hungry and motivated?
Could Ryan Leaf and JaMarcus Russell have become steady and productive tenured NFL quarterbacks had they not had a sense of entitlement and stayed hungry and passionate about the game they once loved?
Cam has faced a series of obstacles that would have killed the dreams and prospects of most promising young athletes.
Upon leaving the University of Florida after the “laptop incident,” Cam found himself playing for a junior college in Brenham, Texas. Just two years earlier, Cam had been one of the most highly recruited high school quarterbacks in the country, but he was playing for a small school in a town with a population of just over 16,000.
Instead of fading into obscurity, Cam picked himself up by his bootstraps and led Blinn Junior College to a national JUCO championship.
After Cam transferred to Auburn the following year and was making a name for himself in the Heisman race, rumors and allegations emerged about a “pay for play” scandal between Cam, Cecil Newton (Cam’s father) and Mississippi State University.
As the NCAA investigated these allegations, Auburn made its run at an undefeated dream season, and the last thing they needed was distraction and uncertainty about whether their star player could be named “ineligible” to play at any time.
Instead of faltering and succumbing to the naysayers, Cam played through the distraction and led his team to new heights. This included come-from-behind wins against Georgia and Alabama, as well as a throttling of South Carolina in the SEC title game.
After the season, and before the draft, experts began to poke and prod at Cam’s ability to succeed at the next level. Teams and scouts put him under the same microscope they put all potential No. 1 picks, but the intensity was even greater given his history, controversy, and how quickly he rose to the top of the sport.
However, Cam never turned down a workout, interview or dodged a tough question. He managed to secure the No. 1 pick, and so far he is proving that he was worth the investment, and that no matter what people throw at him, he will overcome, succeed and win.