Cam Newton, Aurburn Quarterback, Wins Heisman Trophy

Cam Newton of Auburn Unitvesity was selected as the 76th winner of the Heisman Memorial Trophy as the Most Outstanding College Football Player in the United States for 2010.

N. Richard Kalikow, of the Heisman Trophy Trust, which annually presents the Heisman Memorial Trophy Award, announced the selection of Newton on Saturday evening, December 11th, on a nationally televised ESPN sports special live from the Best Buy Theatre in Times Square.

The victory for the 6’6”, 250-pound Newton marks the third time a member of the Tigers has won the Heisman Trophy. He joins Pat Sullivan (1971) and Vincent “Bo” Jackson (1985). Newton is the 31st quarterback to receive the award.

Cameron Newton thanked his mother, then his father. And then he paused to compose himself.

Cecil Newton was back in Georgia, though his son put him squarely in the room where the Auburn quarterback accepted college football's biggest award Saturday night -- the Heisman Trophy.

"Thank you for all you did for me," he told his parents, adding. "To my father, I love you so much."There was no doubt Newton would win the Heisman. Whether he gets to keep it is still uncertain.

Newton brushed off an investigation that determined his father violated NCAA rules as he did so many tacklers this season and captured the Heisman in a landslide vote.

That didn't mean it all wasn't tinged with sadness because his father was not there.

"I'd be sitting up here lying to you if I didn't say it hurt," Newton said during the ESPN telecast before the winner was announced. "This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I love my father. He gave me words of encouragement before I came up here. I know he's with me in spirit."

The third player from Auburn to win the Heisman, Newton received 729 first-place votes and outpointed runner-up Andrew Luck of Stanford by 1,184 points.