Saturday's "A-Day" spring game at Auburn has been slated to be more special than most ever since the school announced it would be dedicating statues of its three Heisman winners outside Jordan-Hare Stadium before the game. But Cam Newton's comments at the unveiling might have made it even more unique than its attendees were expecting.
Newton delivered an 18-line (or so) poem reflecting on his time at Auburn, the school and it's football program, and his Heisman-winning season--even capping it with a line from the school's "Auburn Creed" as a bonus for the alumni present. It might not be Robert Frost, but let it never be said Newton doesn't know how to work a crowd.
Courtesy of the Opelika Auburn-News, the full text of the poem follows a selection of photos -- first Newton's statue, then Pat Sullivan's, then Bo Jackson's -- from the school's online broadcast of the event, via The War Eagle Reader.
The poem, which you can watch Newton recite here:
365 days, that was my tenure,
But for some strange reason it felt like I've always been here.
All the blood, sweat and tears it took to get this
I'll always honor and cherish this.
My road to the top had a couple pit stops
But during my time at Auburn, the love of the Auburn family would not let my morale drop.
Greatness was what I strived for and greatness is what I got
The mentality of the Auburn man took me to the top.
Some people will never understand the feeling of what it means to be an Auburn man
But I'm lucky enough to be able to raise my right hand and be able to say “I can.”
My time at Auburn, I don't know if it could have been any better--
Man, was it great.
We won an SEC title, a national championship
And, oh yeah, we beat that team, 27-28.
As a wise man* once said, “This place,” as in Auburn, “was great way before you were thought of,”
And this place is where I will always love
So as I share this day with two of Auburn's beloved
I want to end by saying “War Eagle” and “I believe in Auburn and love it.”
Video by al.com.