Cam Newton wins the 2010 Heisman Trophy
Newton said in his acceptance speech: "I would like to thank my beautiful mother Jackie Newton and my father ... [chokes up] thank you ... MY parents do a lot of things behind the scenes that go unnoticed ... thank you for everything that you do for me and my family ... I also want to thank my coaches, my players ... I'd also like to thank the troops over seas that are fighting for our freedom every single day ... I thank God every single day for waking me up this morning and getting to play the great game of football."
Newton won by a margin of 1184 points over second-place finisher Andrew Luck of Stanford. Newton was first on 93% of the ballots that included his name. 105 ballots omitted Newton. If the 105 ballots that omitted him had voted him to win at a 93% first-place rate, it would've put Newton as second all-time in Heisman voting totals. As it is, he finishes fourth all-time.
Really the only suspense at the 2010 Heisman ceremony in New York was what the margin of victory would be for Newton and he clearly won by a landslide. This is Auburn's third Heisman win -- quarterback Pat Sullivan won in 1971 and running back Bo Jackson won in 1985. In an interesting bit of trivia, Bo Jackson's win was by the slimmest margin in Heisman history, topping Iowa's Chuck Long by a mere 45 points. Auburn's next win in Cam Newton was one of the largest margins in history.
Newton was surrounded by controversy this season regarding allegations that his father, former pro football player for the Dallas Cowboys, sought a substantial amount of money in exchange for his son to play for a Football Bowl Subdivision school, which is a clear violation of NCAA rules, even going to far as to tell Mississippi State that it would cost upwards of $100,000 for his son to transfer to their program.
It was found by the NCAA that Newton Jr. did not have any knowledge of his father's dealings and that Auburn University did not pay any money to the Newton family when Cameron transferred there. Newton's NCAA eligibility, which had been suspended, was subsequently reinstated, making him eligible for the Heisman.
Newton said during the Heisman ceremony broadcast that throughout the whole scandal, he "found a place of refuge with the people that love me the most and that's my teammates, my coaches and also my family members." His dad was not in attendance and Newton says he'd be lying if he "didn't say it hurts," but he loves his dad and knows "his dad is there with [him] in spirit."
Congratulations to Cam Newton. You can see him play once more time this season in the national championship game against Oregon on Monday, Jan. 10, 2011.