Feb. 22, 2011
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Former Auburn quarterback Cam Newton was honored at the 34th annual Davey O'Brien Awards dinner Monday at the Fort Worth Club in downtown Fort Worth, Texas. Newton was named the O'Brien Quarterback Award winner in December and was formally recognized at the function before nearly 700 people in attendance.
"It's truly a honor to receive the Davey O'Brien Award," Newton said. "I'm very humbled and blessed to have my name associated with Davey O'Brien and all of the great players that have won this award. I've been fortunate to have outstanding coaches and teammates at Auburn and this would not have been possible without them."
Newton, Auburn's first O'Brien Award recipient, was honored along with former Hall of Fame quarterback Bob Griese and broadcasting legend Keith Jackson. Griese received the O'Brien Legends Award, while Jackson was presented the Charles Ringler Founder's Award.
A native of College Park, Ga., Newton helped lead Auburn to the BCS National Championship in 2010, while winning the Heisman Trophy and being named a consensus All-American and Southeastern Conference Player of the Year.
Newton had a record-setting 2010 campaign, throwing for 2,854 yards and 30 touchdowns, while rushing for 1,473 yards and 20 scores. His 51 touchdowns responsible were a new school record while his 1,473 rushing yards were an SEC record by a quarterback.
The Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award (The O'Brien) is presented annually to the nation's best college quarterback and is the oldest and most prestigious national quarterback award. The O'Brien honors candidates who exemplify Davey O'Brien's enduring character while exhibiting teamwork, sportsmanship and leadership in both academics and athletics.
The O'Brien is overseen by the Davey O'Brien Foundation, which is headquartered in Fort Worth, and has given away more than $800,000 in scholarships and university grants to help high school and college athletes transform leadership on the field into leadership in life.
Keith Jackson, Bob Griese and Cam Newton speak after a press conference at the Davey O'Brien Awards in Ft. Worth, Texas