Whatever perceived troubles Cam Newton is having now as the starting QB for the Carolina Panthers, all he has to do is remember when he was playing at Blinn College to know what difficult really looks like.
After his wildly successful run as the starting QB at Auburn, it is easy to forget about Newton's time as a junior college QB at Blinn. I am sure he would like to.
If you don't remember, Newton was at Florida in 2007 and '08 before coach Urban Meyer gave him the boot for stealing a computer (apparently, that is against some draconian and antiquated law).
If he was embarrassing the nation's top defenders at Auburn, imagine what he did while he played at Blinn College? Newton went from playing in front of 90,000 fans in SEC ball to 900 in junior college.
Blinn College coach Brad Franchione, son of Dennis, met with Newton's dad, who was trying to find a good place for his son to go before he returned to the D-1 level. Hmm ... Cam Newton's dad arranged where his son would play college football, I mean attend college to take courses, ... this sounds so familiar.
Cam wound up at Blinn in 2009, where he was treated like anybody else. He was part of the team that re-painted the seats at the quaint football stadium on its campus. Newton said, however, he never did visit the Blue Bell ice cream factory in Brenham. In his one season at Blinn, he led the team to a JUCO national title.
Here is the funny part - Newton wasn't even first or second team all NJCAA QB. Some dudes named Randall Mackey of East Mississippi CC and Tirrell Rennie of Ellsworth Community College were the first and second NJCAA All-Americans. Newton was honorable mention.
According to one of his former Blinn teammates, Newton basically played football, stayed in shape, got his grades, and got the hell out of Brenham as soon as his dad sold his playing rights to Auburn.
In a very short time, Newton won a JUCO title, a BCS title, was the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft, and the NFL Rookie of the Year. His current 1-4 record as the Panthers' starting QB in 2012 is no fun, but it probably beats Blinn.
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