Steve Rathgeber, Orrtanna, Pa.
Cam I Am
Lars Anderson's excellent article on Auburn quarterback Cam Newton (Catch Cam If You Can, Nov. 1) not only depicts a gifted and dedicated athlete but also showcases a youth who is immensely coddled by those around him. Consequently, Newton feels not grateful for what he has but rather deserving of whatever he takes: a stolen computer, stolen Popsicles and opportunities at multiple colleges and universities. Given his alleged redemption and desire to be a leader, how disappointing it is that this pastor's son still seems to display no loyalty, service or scholarship. A lifetime of privileged treatment is one way to build a winner, but it can also create a monster.
In your article about Newton you state that "he could become the first junior college transfer to win the Heisman." O.J. Simpson played for City College of San Francisco in 1965 and '66 and was twice named to the Junior College All-America team before transferring to USC and then winning the Heisman in 1968.
EDITOR'S NOTE: In addition to Simpson, three other junior college transfers went on to win the Heisman: Navy quarterback Roger Staubach in 1963 (New Mexico Military Institute), Nebraska running back Mike Rozier in '83 (Coffeyville Community College) and Florida State quarterback Charlie Ward in '93 (Tallahassee Community College).