When you’re a pro athlete, you are a driven achiever. But when you’re a pro athlete AND you make a promise to your mom to get your education…you’re a driven achiever on a mission!
Kudos to Carolina Panthers quarterback, Cam Newton for getting his college degree!!!
Cam is already an inspiration to millions. Just off the heels of leading his Panthers’ to the NFL play offs & Super Bowl 50, he’s got another brass ring. He completed his college degree in Sociology from Auburn University. The high profile quarterback carved out some time in his busy schedule to attend classes and even study for exams.
Although Newton is already in the financial position many college students would kill for, he was determined to finish college because of a promise he made to his mother, Jackie. He told People Magazine, “Everyone else has always been worried about the football side of things, but not my mother. My education was her top priority.”
Being a famous college student wasn’t easy. Classmates would take pictures of him and post them online. He said it was definitely different from before he entered the NFL, but he made it through with his trademark smile. His educational focus is now on The Cam Newton Foundation, his charity that helps disadvantaged kids achieve their educational goals. “When I was growing up, my parents really influenced me,” he says. “But there are kids who don’t have that type of influence. They need someone who can create avenues for their dreams – whether they want to be a football player, a doctor or a veterinarian.”