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Cam Newton shines in championship game, ponders pro career

Cam Newton celebrates Auburn's national championship win with fans after the game (Jan. 10, 2011, WBRC photo) Cam Newton celebrates Auburn's national championship win with fans after the game (Jan. 10, 2011, WBRC photo)

By Dennis Washington

GLENDALE, AZ (WBRC) - With all of the talk about a team victory, there was one person the Auburn fans wanted to see more than anyone else: Cam Newton.

The Auburn quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner did not disappoint. Newton completed 20 of his 34 throws, two of which were touchdowns, and was responsible for more than 300 of Auburn's 519 yards on offense.

"Throughout this season, everybody just responded and
stepped up to the task," Newton said in the post-game news conference.

Newton did not earn the game MVP award, but did get hit pretty hard near the end of the game... enough so to have the medical staff examine him after the game.  Newton was asked how he was feeling.

"I'm okay.  It was worth it.  (Smiling). I got the better deal out of the whole thing.   It wasn't just one hit that made my back go out."

Cam Newton was asked if the outcome of the game will affect his decision on whether or not to leave Auburn for the NFL.

"Honestly,  you  know,  I'm not  going  to make no decision  right  now.    It is something I have to sit down with Coach Chizik and my family and just get the vibe of so many different people.  We will go from there."

Newton took a moment to thank his offense for protecting him this season.

"I  am  a  blessed  individual.  It  wouldn't have got done without these guys sitting on the left and right of me. "

Newton recognizes he is getting lots of attention, but says the team deserves the credit, not just him.

"I'm not up here to take up all the time.  I don't want nobody to  feel sorry for me because throughout this year didn't nobody  feel sorry for Auburn.  We got the last laugh."

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