His runs and passes will long live in Auburn lore, but Cam Newton brought more than athletic skills to the Plains. He established himself as a leader the Tigers could follow all the way to the BCS title game.
It used to be that defense won championships. With two high-octane offenses in Auburn and Oregon, this year's BCS National Championship Game has parted ways with college football's long-held traditions.
Cam Newton overcame legal and academic problems at Florida, arrived at Auburn with one season of starting experience at a junior college and went on to win the best-known individual honor in American sports.