9) He was almost “sold” for $180,000
It’s no secret that college football is big business. According to a 2014 article published by Forbes, the big Division I programs can turn a profit of at least $25-$50 Million per season. In 2010, Cam Newton’s father (Cecil) was trying to get a piece of the action. When Cam was looking to transfer from Blinn, Cecil approached several schools, requesting payment in exchange for his son to enroll at their university. The NCAA investigation revealed documents that showed Cecil requested as much as $180,000 for Cam to sign with Mississippi State. Who knows what might’ve happened if the Newton family took the money and Cam went to Mississippi State. The NCAA would probably have found out, and his college career would have ended very differently. Then again, whispers remain that Auburn boosters themselves paid a similarly amount of money to lure Newton to their campus. Of course, this is nothing but rumor… but where there’s smoke, there’s often fire.