By: Press Release
By: Press Release

MONTGOMERY - Governor Bob Riley has proclaimed Saturday as “Cameron Newton Day” in the State of Alabama.

Cameron Newton, star quarterback for Auburn University, this season led his team to a Southeastern Conference championship and became the school’s third player to win the Heisman Memorial Trophy.

Governor Riley and fans across the state will be cheering for Cam Newton and the rest of the Auburn Tigers football team on Monday, January 10, as they take on the Oregon Ducks in the BCS National Championship Game.

“I want to commend Cameron Newton on a spectacular 2010 football season,” Governor Riley said. “Cam is an incredible athlete and his performance on the football field speaks for itself. I’ve also been impressed with this young man’s involvement in the community, spending his free time mentoring students despite the demands on his time as a star student-athlete. Cam is a special individual who is certainly deserving of the Heisman Trophy. Alabama is proud to celebrate his achievements and I wish him and the Tigers the best of luck in the championship game.”

During the 2010 football season, Newton passed for 2589 yards and 28 touchdowns, and ran for 1409 yards and 20 touchdowns.

Newton is the fourth Heisman winner from an Alabama college.

Auburn University quarterback Pat Sullivan won the trophy in 1971, Auburn running back Bo Jackson won in 1985 and University of Alabama running back Mark Ingram won last year in similar fashion to Newton as the Crimson Tide went on to win the 2009 BCS National Championship.

Governor Riley issued a similar proclamation last year, declaring Mark Ingram Day” in Alabama after Ingram won the Heisman and prepared to lead the Crimson Tide to victory in the 2010 BCS Championship Game against the University of Texas. Alabama won that game 37-21.

Governor Riley remarked on the unique nature of having back-to-back Heisman winners and possibly having National Champion football teams from the State of Alabama, should Auburn prevail on Monday.

“I could be the first governor in the country who can boast two back-to-back national champion football teams and Heisman winners from the same state,” Governor Riley said. “Auburn University and the University of Alabama each have made this state proud and we should all celebrate their accomplishments.”

The text of the proclamation is below.

By the Governor of Alabama

WHEREAS, it is with great pride that the State of Alabama recognizes Auburn University quarterback Cameron Newton for his successful 2010 football season; and

WHEREAS, Cameron Newton is just the third player in major college football history to pass for 20 touchdowns and rush for 20 touchdowns in a single season; and

WHEREAS, Cam’s leadership helped to lead the Auburn Tigers to a 56-17 win over the South Carolina Gamecocks to capture the 2010 SEC Championship; and

WHEREAS, Because of his outstanding athletic achievements with the Auburn Tigers, Cam Newton was named the 2010 SEC Offensive Player of the Year as well as the 2010 Associated Press (AP) Player of the Year; and

WHEREAS, on December 11, 2010, Cam Newton became the second consecutive football player in the State of Alabama to win the coveted Heisman Memorial Trophy. He is the third player in Auburn history to win the prestigious award; and

WHEREAS, Auburn fans across the state and nation will be cheering for Cam Newton and the rest of the Auburn Tigers football team on Monday, January 10 during the BCS National Championship Game in Arizona:

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Bob Riley, Governor of Alabama, do hereby proclaim Saturday, January 8, 2011, as Cam Newton Day in the State of Alabama.

Given Under My Hand and the Great Seal of the Office of the Governor at the State Capitol in the City of Montgomery on the 7th day of January 2010.

Governor Bob Riley

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  • by Grown Up on Jan 9, 2011 at 02:59 PM
    Can you inbred, trailer park trash Alabamians PLEASE subscribe to and use HOOKED ON PHONICS before you post anymore dumb behind comments?
  • by Better than them Location: Dothan on Jan 8, 2011 at 12:06 PM
    I can't tell you how many Auburn fans were proud of Alabama for their great season last year.The way you inbred hillbillies act is exactly why you're an Alabama fan.You and your double digit I.Q. need to stay on the south side of Dothan.Even better,just go back to geneva co.where dirt roads and trailors belong.I got my Auburn shirt at school.You got your alabama shirt at wal-mart! War Eagle trailor trash!!
  • by bama fan Location: Dothan on Jan 7, 2011 at 10:09 PM
    @am--Yes I did read the story,and when they first posted it there was nothing about him doing the same last year for Ingram. I never heard of that either. I apologize you must be a barner. Roll Ducks Roll!!
  • by Tom on Jan 7, 2011 at 06:04 PM
    Why? This kid has not proved nothing, big football player, big deal, let's see how long he can chop wood, brick mason, anything with labor. Let's see how long he makes it in the NFL, not long I bet..... Thank God Riley is leaving, please move out of the state of Alabama while you are at it, we need fresh air....
  • by tj Location: dothan on Jan 7, 2011 at 01:52 PM
    gov. gooooffieeee what a waste of good air.
  • by am Location: dothan on Jan 7, 2011 at 01:17 PM
    did you idiots not read that the story? he done the same thing for mark ingram last year. got to be freaking alabama fans- cant be happy for anybody unless its your "perfect" little players.
  • by james on Jan 7, 2011 at 12:12 PM
    quess what gov, that's why i didn't vote for you,go ducks!!!!!
  • by bama fan Location: Dothan on Jan 7, 2011 at 11:31 AM
    Exactly! Why wasn't this done for Mark Ingram as well? Cam may not be guilty but you have to look at the facts.Wouldn't you rather not get the trophy,rather than getting it and it be taken away? It's all about the money and unfortunately most SEC teams were probably involved and paid to lose. On monday I will be saying ROLL DUCKS ROLL!! :)
  • by BRD Location: Andalusia on Jan 7, 2011 at 10:36 AM
    I was a Riley Fan ... for Riley to honor someone who cheated in college and stole someone else's property. This is one of the dumbest things any governor of Alabama has done and that is saying a lot.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 7, 2011 at 10:18 AM
    Riley wants to honor some one that has cheate and a theaf, thats why he had to leave other schools. Auburn will regret the day he played for them when the FBI gets throught. It will probly even come out they paid him.
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