A recent article on ESPN.com by Mark Schlabach titled "The Maturation of a Quarterback" has many people scratching their heads in regards to Auburn quarterback Cameron Newton.
"If it was up to me, I would still want to be at Florida," Newton said earlier this week. "My heart is still at Florida because of the long-lasting relationships I have with my teammates there. Leaving them was the hardest part."
Some things are better left unsaid, if you ask me. For example, if I were married and I was eating dinner at my in-laws' house, I would not talk about my heart still being with a girl I loved in high school.
Still, we should all criticize the comments of Cam Newton very lightly. In no way did his words insinuate that Newton was not happy at Auburn. After an exciting victory, can you not see the love Cam has for his coach, for his team and for his fellow student body?
People, it would not be right to get upset with Cam Newton for anything he said regarding his past situation at Florida. As a high school senior, Newton wanted to be a Florida Gator, plain and simple. That dream came true for him until a poor decision altered the course of his life forever.
Newton was arrested and charged with possession of a stolen laptop computer in November 2008. When police questioned Newton about the matter, he tossed the laptop out the window and into a garbage dumpster below.
If not for this desperate, poorly thought-out decision, Cam Newton may have succeeded Tim Tebow, and things for Florida would have been much different for 2010.
Then again, Newton insists that he did not leave Florida because of the laptop computer incident.
Although felony criminal charges had been dropped, Newton suffered an ankle injury that put him behind Tebow and John Brantley on the depth chart. A few weeks later, Tebow announced that he would return for his senior season, and that is when Newton made the decision to leave.
After a successful year at Blinn Junior College, Newton made the decision to come and play for the Auburn Tigers. If he had not liked the coaches, the facilities and the guys on the team, he would not have chosen to come to Auburn.
Newton played for Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen when Mullen was the offensive coordinator at Florida. As a result, Newton could have chosen Mississippi State.
He didn't. He chose Auburn.
Should we be upset with Cam Newton for what he said? Not at all. When you first hear or read Newton's comments, it is easy to let them bother you. However, when you think about things rationally, you understand why Newton said them in the first place.
As a high school football star, Cam Newton wanted to play for the University of Florida. After spending many months at Florida, Newton developed many relationships and friendships that he still cherishes to this day. He always believed he would enjoy a career at Florida, but it didn't work out that way.
Nothing Newton said should be taken negatively or be used against him. As a teenage football player at Westlake High in Atlanta, Georgia, Cameron Newton dreamed of playing for Florida. I'm sure it was hard for him to leave his friends at Florida but in the end, Newton determined that his career was more important.
Through it all, Newton did make the best choice for himself. He may have never had a chance to shine had he stayed at Florida. We will never know how things would have worked out for him there. Newton chose to leave, and that alone says that his heart can love again.
Does Cam Newton love Auburn? You bet he does. Not only does he love Auburn, he believes in Auburn and loves it!
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