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.