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Newton will miss father at Heisman ceremony

NEW YORK -- Cam Newton is the runaway favorite to be awarded the 75th Heisman Trophy Saturday night at the Best Buy Theatre in Times Square.

Heisman finalists pose with trophy/Todd Van Emst photo

And when he steps up to the podium he’ll be able to look out in the audience and see his mom and two brothers, his coaches, and both of Auburn’s former Heisman trophy winners. But he won’t see his father, Cecil Newton.

Cecil, who was involved in a play-for-play scam between his son and Mississippi State, issued a statement Thursday saying he won’t attend the Heisman ceremony.

“It hurts, but it’s a decision that he made, and he’s doing it by the betterment of me, his son,” Cam said. “I think that’s a good thing. Whatever his decision is, I’m all for it.”

Cam said the controversy hasn’t negatively impacted his relationship with his father.

“I’ve said on numerous occasions on how I feel about my father. I love him with all my heart,” Cam said.

Cam admitted to the last two months serving as a distraction at times but he’s managed to overcome it and hasn’t let it affect his play on the field.

“I thank God for putting me in a lot of situations because a person can get stronger by adversity, and going through that, I feel like I’m a stronger person,” he said.

While Cecil won’t be there to share in the moment with his son Saturday, Cam has the next best thing planned. The first phone call he’ll make will be to his father.

“Winning the award will mean a lot to me, and a lot of people who are
close to me,” he said.

The Heisman Trophy ceremony will be broadcast live on ESPN starting at 8 pm ET.

CAM NEWTON VIDEO

  • It's an unfortunate situation...I was appalled that ESPN chose to bring the stuff up repeatedly last night during the awards show, and even show some of his interview during said show...

    Cecil made a big mistake, but must've realized it at some point and decided not to go through with it. It's too bad he can't be there for his son's achievement because of his decision, oh wait, we've heard that two years in a row now...

    WDE!

  • As a school administrator and former coach I see parents make poor decisions on behalf of their student athletes on a frequent basis. Althought this is a much bigger stage, I give Cecil credit for acknowledging the distraction that he would create in NYC. Let Cam enjoy the spotlight. Dad and son will have their moment when the moment is right.

  • Who was that guy in the blue shirt that kept asking all the questions about Cam and his dad? It seemed like every thing he asked was about that. I laughed when Cam became a little irritated and told him "what do you think? put that on your pad." lol Good stuff Bryan. Do you know anything about a Tiger Walk being arranged up there by the NY Auburn Club?

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  • sorry 'bout hitting the key. I wanted to just say , there are some mighty good posts on here tonight A good word goes a long way. thanks.

  • I don't know who wrote this, maybe the weekly paper here in Auburn. I hope you enjoy. Maybe some of the talking heads should see this
    "Subject: Cam N at Wrights Mill road School _ Auburn-- ENJOY!
    This is sooooo good and funny! What a celebration for Cam even b/4 the Heisman award!
    It was announced Monday evening that Auburn quarterback Cameron Newton will be traveling to New York City as a possible recipient of this year's Heisman Trophy.
    To send him off with a hefty batch of good luck, the students and faculty at Wrights Mill Road Elementary surprised him with a celebration in his honor.
    The school is where Newton has been voluntarily spending a few hours each Monday afternoon mentoring four fifth grade boys, Jaquez, Zay, Deonte and Marcus.
    Throughout the school year, Newton has become somewhat of a celebrity each time he visits the campus as all students love seeing the star football player off the field.
    Newton thought he was simply visiting the school for his regular tutoring session as he met with his four boys. But instead of meeting in their usual location of principal Lynda Tremaine's office, the boys led the quarterback to the cafeteria.
    As they walked inside, hundreds of young voices yelled, "Surprise!" enticing Newton to flash his famed ear-to-ear smile.
    Karen Mason, the Wrights Mill Road assistant principal, started the assembly by telling Newton, "Cam, you are now inducted into the Wrights Mill Road Family. We want you to know that we're 'All In' for you."
    The biggest surprise of all was that Newton's mother, Jackie, grandmother, Hattie, and cousin, Cloe, were in attendance. Newton greeted each of them with big hugs.
    The Newton family found their seats to watch a presentation of Cam's on-field accomplishments displayed on the projection screen.
    Afterward, Joseph, a first-grader, led classmates in their rendition of T-Pain's "All I Do Is Win" called "All I Do Is Read" in honor of the school's focus on reading.
    Newton sang along and while reciting the lyric, "Everybody's hands go up," Newton held his mother's hand in his and raised it in the air.
    Second-grader, Mari, led her classmates in a spin-off the song, "12 Days of Christmas" as a tribute to Newton.
    Rather than the usual 12 items, the children sang of, "One Auburn victory, two touchdowns, three Heisman Trophies, four tiger tails, five rolls of toilet paper, six licks from Nick (Fairley), seven Aubie's dancing, eight Auburn shakers orange, nine No. 2 jerseys, 10 War Eagles, 11 smiles from Cam and 12 perfect games."
    To show gratitude for Newton's guidance since school began in August, the four boys he tutors had a special production for him. It was announced that a football trophy has been named after Newton and will be displayed in the school's library. The boys also let Newton know that "he is the man" by spelling out the description on individual signs.
    Newton, who told Mrs. Tremaine he aspires to open a day care later in life because of his adoration of children, has never missed a week of his mentoring session even with his astronomical success on the gridiron this year.
    He will continue to visit the school and mentor his four boys each week after the winter break."

  • War Eagle Cam!!!!!! We are so proud of you!!!

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  • Whu doesn:t espn mention this kind of thing when they talk to CAM?

    It's Great to be an Auburn Tiger!!! "Life is so much simpler when you tell the truth."

  • This is great, wish the TV media would have ran this!

  • What a sad , Catch 22 , situation for such a good young man and the father he admires.
    I have only this to say..."which one of you is without sin , you throw the first stone"?!

    War Eagle Cam Newton....We are proud you ARE part of our tamily!

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    If you have to ask why I love Auburn so much...never mind

  • Great post, gmiller34! Thanks for sharing.

  • Thanks Bryan. Very interesting interview.

    It's a new day in Auburn football!

  • I don't know who wrote this, maybe the weekly paper here in Auburn. I hope you enjoy. Maybe some of the talking heads should see this "Subject: Cam N at Wrights Mill road School _ Auburn-- ENJOY! This is sooooo good and funny! What a celebration for Cam even b/4 the Heisman award! It was announced Monday evening that Auburn quarterback Cameron Newton will be traveling to New York City as a possible recipient of this year's Heisman Trophy. To send him off with a hefty batch of good luck, the students and faculty at Wrights Mill Road Elementary surprised him with a celebration in his honor. The school is where Newton has been voluntarily spending a few hours each Monday afternoon mentoring four fifth grade boys, Jaquez, Zay, Deonte and Marcus. Throughout the school year, Newton has become somewhat of a celebrity each time he visits the campus as all students love seeing the star football player off the field. Newton thought he was simply visiting the school for his regular tutoring session as he met with his four boys. But instead of meeting in their usual location of principal Lynda Tremaine's office, the boys led the quarterback to the cafeteria. As they walked inside, hundreds of young voices yelled, "Surprise!" enticing Newton to flash his famed ear-to-ear smile. Karen Mason, the Wrights Mill Road assistant principal, started the assembly by telling Newton, "Cam, you are now inducted into the Wrights Mill Road Family. We want you to know that we're 'All In' for you." The biggest surprise of all was that Newton's mother, Jackie, grandmother, Hattie, and cousin, Cloe, were in attendance. Newton greeted each of them with big hugs. The Newton family found their seats to watch a presentation of Cam's on-field accomplishments displayed on the projection screen. Afterward, Joseph, a first-grader, led classmates in their rendition of T-Pain's "All I Do Is Win" called "All I Do Is Read" in honor of the school's focus on reading. Newton sang along and while reciting the lyric, "Everybody's hands go up," Newton held his mother's hand in his and raised it in the air. Second-grader, Mari, led her classmates in a spin-off the song, "12 Days of Christmas" as a tribute to Newton. Rather than the usual 12 items, the children sang of, "One Auburn victory, two touchdowns, three Heisman Trophies, four tiger tails, five rolls of toilet paper, six licks from Nick (Fairley), seven Aubie's dancing, eight Auburn shakers orange, nine No. 2 jerseys, 10 War Eagles, 11 smiles from Cam and 12 perfect games." To show gratitude for Newton's guidance since school began in August, the four boys he tutors had a special production for him. It was announced that a football trophy has been named after Newton and will be displayed in the school's library. The boys also let Newton know that "he is the man" by spelling out the description on individual signs. Newton, who told Mrs. Tremaine he aspires to open a day care later in life because of his adoration of children, has never missed a week of his mentoring session even with his astronomical success on the gridiron this year. He will continue to visit the school and mentor his four boys each week after the winter break."

    Good read gmiller, I bet that about blew Cams heart up.drums

    It's a new day in Auburn football!

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