Dec. 10, 2010
NEW YORK -- Heisman Trophy finalist Cam Newton of Auburn arrived in the Big Apple Friday afternoon after bringing home a historic haul of awards from the Home Depot Awards Show in Orlando on Thursday.
After Newton and the Heisman finalists posed for pictures with the most famous trophy in football at the New York Marriott Marquis, he met the media for the first time in New York, flashing his trademark smile and answering questions in a relaxed exchange with Auburn beat writers and members of the national media.
"I'm just trying to soak it all in right now," Newton said.
And there was a lot to take in, as Newton drew the largest crowd of reporters at his table during the media session. After meeting with the media, Newton and finalists Andrew Luck of Stanford, Kellen Moore of Boise State and Oregon's LaMichael James were headed to the Wendy's High School Heisman Awards Dinner.
An evening bus double-decker bus tour followed on Friday and included a visit to Rockefeller Center for a photo op and a private behind-the-scenes tour of the iconic New York City landmark.
Newton and the finalists will enjoy a little down time Saturday morning and afternoon before the eyes of the nation will be fixed on the Big Apple. The live presentation of the 76th Heisman will take place at the Best Buy Theater in the heart of Times Square at 7 p.m. CT Saturday on ESPN.
Auburn's record setting quarterback was the big winner at the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards on Thursday. He won the Davey O'Brien and Maxwell Awards and was named the Walter Camp Foundation National Player of the Year.