Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 4/15/12

Prior to Auburn’s spring game on Saturday, the school held a ceremony outside Jordan-Hare Stadium to unveil statues of its three previous Heisman winners: Pat Sullivan, Bo Jackson and Cam Newton. Of course, each former Tiger was expected to give a few words. Newton, never one to shy away from attention, did that and then some.

The quarterback capped off his speech by reciting an 18-line poem he wrote himself about his time at the university (which was what, a semester and a half?). Via The Birmingham News, here’s video of Newton’s remarks. The poem starts around the 3:32 mark:

Thanks to the Opelika-Auburn News, here’s the full text of Newton’s poetry:

365 days that was my tenure

But for some strange reason it felt like I’ve always been here.

 

All the blood, sweat and tears it took to get this

I’ll always honor and cherish this.

 

My road to the top had a couple pit stops

But during my time at Auburn the love of the Auburn family would not let my moral drop.

 

Greatness was what I strived for and greatness is what I got

The mentality of the Auburn man took me to the top

 

Some people will never understand the feeling of what it means to be an Auburn man

But I’m lucky enough to be able to raise my right hand and be able to say “I can.”

 

My time at Auburn, I don’t know if it could have been any better

Man, was it great.

We won an SEC title, a national championship

And, oh yeah, we beat that team, 27-28

 

As a wise man once said, “This place,” as in Auburn, “was great way before you were thought of” (Coach Chizik)

And this place is where I will always love

 

So as I share this day with two of Auburn’s beloved

I want to end by saying “War Eagle” and “I believe in Auburn and love it.”

He’s no Frost or Dickinson, but still not too bad.

H/T Eye on College Football

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

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