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Panthers' Cam Newton Works Toward Sociology Degree



By Catherine Groux
Posted January 21, 2013 12:00 PM

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is going back to school for a bachelor's degree in psychology.
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is going back to school for a bachelor's degree in psychology.

When Cam Newton became the first overall pick in the NFL draft two years ago, he decided to leave Alabama's Auburn University to pursue his athletic dreams. Still, he always planned to go back to college and earn a bachelor's degree, even after securing a $22 million contract as a quarterback for the Carolina Panthers.

Now, Newton is moving one step closer to his academic goals, as he has returned to Auburn for the spring semester to work toward a sociology degree. Currently, Newton is not giving interviews about his postsecondary pursuits in an effort to concentrate on his studies.

"He wants to focus on school and be a normal college student," said Kirk Sampson, associate athletics director for communication, as quoted by USA Today.

Auburn faculty are happy to have Newton back on campus, as the athlete truly left his mark on the school before leaving for the NFL. In the spring, Auburn erected a statue in Newton's honor outside of the Jordan-Hare Stadium to commemorate the one season he played football for the institution, in which he won the national championship and the Heisman Trophy.

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