Originally written on Down and Distance  |  Last updated 11/4/14
Cam Newton is spending this spring semester back at Auburn University. (Credit: AP File Photo) For many football players whose seasons are done, the offseason is a time to rest some nagging injuries, work on their game, or just spend more time with family and friends. But it’s not uncommon for players who declared early for the NFL draft to go back to college and complete their degree programs. That’s exactly what Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is doing this spring. Pro Football Talk’s Michael David Smith reports that Newton has enrolled at Auburn University for their spring semester. Newton will be working towards a sociology degree in his time back at school. Smith says that Newton is avoiding the media and, according to Auburn University spokesman Kirk Sampson, Newton wants to focus on school and be a normal student.” Newton took a winding trip through college, starting at the University at Florida as a backup to Tim Tebow. But after an incident arose which accused Newton of stealing another student’s laptop and throwing it out the window he was suspended from the team. Newton spent the next season at Blinn College before ending up at Auburn and taking the nation by storm, leading the Tigers to an undefeated season and a national championship. After taking the road that Newton went through in his college experience, no one can blame him for wanting to go back, get a degree, and finish his education off with a degree. But considering the success he brought to Auburn’s football program and his success in two years in the NFL, I would doubt Newton has much chance of blending back in to the university setting and being just another student. You do have to admire NFL players who work towards having a future after their time in the league, and that’s exactly what Cam is doing. Follow us on Twitter – @DownandDistance Down and Distance Columnist Joe Ray – @jpray_SK The post Cam Newton returns to Auburn for spring semester appeared first on DOWN & DISTANCE.

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