Will ‘Cam Newton Drive’ be intercepted?

Cam Newton might have more success getting a street named after him in Auburn. (AP photo)

Cam Newton might have more success getting a street named after him in Auburn. (AP photo)

A public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday night on a controversial proposal to rename a street in south Fulton County for football hero Cam Newton.

While it might not be as bad as, say, Nick Fairley Boulevard, the proposal doesn’t sit well with some of the residents of the road. As critics have pointed out, even though Newton played high school ball at nearby Westlake High, he played college ball at Auburn and now plays for the Carolina Panthers, a division rival of the Falcons.

According to a story last week by the AJC’s Johnny Edwards:

Several longtime residents of south Fulton’s Scarborough Road are irked that the county wants to change their street name in honor of Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, who has family living there. At a public hearing last week, neighbors said it would cost them money to change their personal records, and that Newton, age 23, is too young to have a thoroughfare named for him. One woman invoked Newton’s theft arrest [when he was at Florida] and allegations that his father solicited money from a university recruiting his son.

South Fulton Commissioner Bill Edwards said personal attacks on Newton’s family aren’t warranted, that he’s a Westlake High alumnus who “beat the odds,” and if residents don’t want Cam Newton Drive, the name will stay the same.

The hearing will begin at 6 p.m. at the South Fulton Service Center, 5600 Stonewall Tell Road.

What’s your view: Change the street to Cam Newton Drive or retain Mr. Scarborough’s name?

186 comments Add your comment

Emma

July 24th, 2012
10:46 am

He is way too young to have a street named after him. When he wins several Super Bowl titles, MVP awards and so on then maybe it is a consideration. I agree with the folks that live there since his past is so sketchy.

Left Coast Dawg

July 24th, 2012
10:48 am

I dare to say it :-)

Left Coast Dawg

July 24th, 2012
10:50 am

How many other kids have overcome the odds before Cam came along, is the question I ask. We don’t see street names popping up for them.

Mike

July 24th, 2012
10:53 am

Don’t forget he was about to be expelled from FLorida for cheating before he was arrested for theft. Great guy to name street after. He sure did beat odds despite his lack or morals and character. Someone will be aski to name road after Nike Vick pretty soon because he best the odds too. Lol

Bernie Matt

July 24th, 2012
10:58 am

“King” William Bill Edwards office is for sale. I live on Will Lee Road in South Fulton, right by Welcome All Park and have been trying to contact the commissioners office for over a month now because of concerns in the community. He has ignored my request for 15 minutes of time to talk to him about these issues. I wonder how much time the Newton’s have gotten in this misguided effort.

Earl

July 24th, 2012
10:59 am

The smart thing would be to make sure he doesn’t turn into another Michael Vick. But who said a politician would consider doing the right thing. Two most likely people to tell you a lie is a lawyer and politician. And, many politicans are both.

Maybe this will give others a reason to cheat or whatever is necessary to get ahead.

Great Job Atlanta!!

CaribouRancher

July 24th, 2012
11:05 am

So glad I don’t live there. _

Bernie Matt

July 24th, 2012
11:07 am

Earl, you should get more informed, I know your kind likes to pile on Atlanta, but this is not Atlanta. It is South Fulton. But our politicians are much like those in Atlanta and I’m sure like those in your area. After all, who do you think our representatives learned it from!

Really?

July 24th, 2012
11:08 am

He didn’t beat the odds….he beat the system…..

BC

July 24th, 2012
11:15 am

We see good pro athletes being arrested all the time. Being a good athlete dose not mean that you are going to turn out to be a good or bad person. Time will tell. Let’s not rush into this action.

rst

July 24th, 2012
11:20 am

How many other Heisman Trophy winners came from south Fulton county and Westlake High? That alone should get you a street name.

SouthFultonNow

July 24th, 2012
11:22 am

I agree Heisman trophy winners, the leading QB of a National Championship winning team and 1st overall draft pick are reasons to get something named for you back in your home town. But I don’t feel right now is the time rename the street after him. Let Cam Newton finish his career, become great in the NFL and we can determine from there. Maybe at that point, we can rename South Fulton Parkway after him, there aren’t any houses on the road, a few business. I think that’ll be perfect for him. And Scarborough Drive is just a road that dead ends into a dirt patch.

Go Jackets

July 24th, 2012
11:24 am

Streets and buildings should not be named for anyone until they are dead.

Pimp C

July 24th, 2012
11:25 am

WOW, This is the right thing to do……..

JayD

July 24th, 2012
11:28 am

It’s a street people…. Get over it!!!! Black people in this country – especially here in the south, live on streets named for people who hated us, tried to kill and enslave us, persecute us in any number of ways… and we just have to live with it. Counties, and cities named after racists! We have to drive by a natural wonder with racists carved in the side! And you can’t live with a freeking street named a local boy who has done well?????? If I were Cam, I would want my street in a better place anyway!

Loran, Whatayagot?

July 24th, 2012
11:29 am

Naming streets for people is an honor, and shows that they are revered and looked up to. Cam Newton may fit that mold eventually, but he is certainly not worthy at this time and still has a lot to atone for. I wish him the best, but revisit this issue in 30 years and see what his life has become.

Equalizer

July 24th, 2012
11:31 am

It amazes how many comments can be made about this man’s very limited past being a reason to stop a street from being named after him. Yet we have dozens of streets and buildings named after terrorist and racist like Jefferson Davis. Go Figure. I love Georgia, no one does discrimination so good!

alex

July 24th, 2012
11:32 am

JayD, same old atlanta racist garbage , same old stuff….I grew up down in that area and glad I don’t live there anymore have my children go to school there…

Bernie Matt

July 24th, 2012
11:34 am

@ Jay D – a lot of the streets were paved by racist also. Are you going to stop driving on them. make a real point! The issue here is this politician should find a better way to use his time to better our community. Not waste time on this premature, misguided effort and waste of tax payor resources because he is buds with Cam’s dad and they have money to influence him.

JD

July 24th, 2012
11:36 am

If he continues on his path to a great career then I’m all for it. Yes, he won the Heisman Trophy and a National Championship but should we forget that he also got into trouble at Florida not that long ago which brought about the decision to transfer from there in the first place. Society does forgive and I do as well, but this isn’t the time yet. Besides, he is a athlete. How many of us will put up the same fight for a teacher, educator, or community leader that has made a far greater imprint on so many families lives now and throughout their career? You all tell m. Is Cam Newton and football or any sport more important? I guess I have made my point. We wouldn’t be talking about this if money wasn’t a factor or the factor. Priorities of society are all misplaced.

ATLWarEagle

July 24th, 2012
11:36 am

I love Cam Newton, his athletic talent, and his drive to win, but I agree that he is still a very young player in the NFL. Many players can have great single seasons. While he was NFL rookie of the year, following a National Championship season at Auburn, his career is in its infancy. It’s premature to name a street after him right now. These kinds of accolades are merited when athletes show time and time again that they are great players, like Peyton Manning or Chipper Jones, and over the course of a long career. When he has played in the NFL for a decade or more, had much success, and shown that he is a classy player and citizen, only then should he be considered for a street named after him. And in Auburn, AL, not Atlanta. WDE

Good Point

July 24th, 2012
11:37 am

Good point, SFN. Hopefully picking a dead end to name after him isn’t foreshadowing. Despite the theft, cheating, recruitment issues.. lol Better than a Vick Way!

Bernie Matt

July 24th, 2012
11:39 am

If you don’t live in South Fulton and only want to talk about how terrible the black community is, or if you are a South Fulton resident, but don’t have the ability to reason and hold elected officials accountable to actually do something productive, your 2 diverging prospectives are not warranted here. I know I probably lost both groups! Idiots!

Captain Midnight

July 24th, 2012
11:40 am

Where in Atlanta is Jefferson Davis Street?
A building named after Robert E. Lee?
Cynthia Mckinney Drive? How’d that work out for ya?
Billy J.E.W.S McKinney Parkway on I20?

JayD

July 24th, 2012
11:44 am

Bernie Matt – My real point is that you need to look in the mirror and figure out what your REAL problem is.

K-Ster

July 24th, 2012
11:44 am

Why is Fulton/Atlanta governments so stuck on renaming streets after people? There’s Joe Bob Smith blvd, Will E Coyote Avenue, Mike N Ike Road, etc. What happened to good ‘ole “Pine Street” or “Maple Avenue” simplistic names? Having a road named after you only lends to traffic congestion recognition. W-O-W. What an honor!

SAWB

July 24th, 2012
11:47 am

So, Fulton County wants to name a road after a Thug – sounds about right.

Bernie Matt

July 24th, 2012
11:49 am

@JayD – i don’t have a problem, I deal in rational logic and know how and what it takes to hold elected officials accountable. When you grow up a little or become more informed, you might learn these things also.

GA Girl

July 24th, 2012
11:50 am

Why don’t they name is Peachtree Street? :-)

Well Said

July 24th, 2012
11:50 am

Well said JayD. Let some other place name a road after Cam and leave the street names here in Atlanta, South Fulton or wherever, alone. He does not deserve a road named after him just yet. Wait like most of the rest, until his breath pauses and then decide if you want to name a road after him. If so, then let the Family raise the money to cover the cost associated with changing the name of the road as well as covering the cost the residents would have to pay to have their street name changed on all their information.

dean

July 24th, 2012
11:54 am

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dean

July 24th, 2012
11:55 am

I thought better of the comment I was going to enter.

Wondering

July 24th, 2012
11:56 am

It’s a bad idea to idolize a living person. Just ask Penn State.

the prof

July 24th, 2012
11:56 am

I will be happy to spit on it and litter it when I visit.

Pay to play

July 24th, 2012
11:58 am

Why don’t you ask Cam if he’ll PAY $180,000 to help improve the road and see how far you get.
That’s the amount of money he got from his college (education?).

PTP

Whatever

July 24th, 2012
12:04 pm

I don’t think laptop stealing THUGS deserve streets named after them. He’s a THUGGER.

KLP

July 24th, 2012
12:05 pm

How about renaming portion of North Avenue or Spring Street by the Varsity Irby Walker Blvd. Maybe later for Cam but not now. I need to get past the blatant disrespect he and his father had toward the NCAA and Auburn after Auburn banned him (Cecil) from the bowl game and he showed up anyway and Cam brought attention to his father being there by going straight to him after the win. Wondering, I agree.

Smarty

July 24th, 2012
12:09 pm

You gotta be kidding me! He won a ring for college for a out of state school and want to waste Georgia taxpayers monies on a guy that plays in Charlotte, NC. How dumb!

Common Sense

July 24th, 2012
12:11 pm

SO MANY REASON NOT TO DO THIS:
1. The scandal, the lies…
2. His glory came at Auburn, Alabama against Georgia.
3. Did we not learn anything from Joe Paterno?
4. In such hard times, do we really need to waste government money to pay for a special sign to be made and to pay workers to install it?
5. He plays for a rival of the Atlanta Falcons.
6. His run-ins with the law at the University of Florida
7. He is a football player! He has never saved a life or done anything other than play a game for money.

Need I go on?
Does anyone know how to impeach a County Commissioner?

ELH

July 24th, 2012
12:13 pm

Newton is a good QB , however he has to many character issue to have street name after him ,he needs to do something positive for the residents of Fulton co, lets not cater to that heading getting any bigger.

alex

July 24th, 2012
12:15 pm

Agree with JD, mabye Penn St. will teach us (or remind) us that idiolization can be dangerous. Goodness, I hope our politicians would have something better to do than to pander to the low-lifes of a community…..

Suq Madiq

July 24th, 2012
12:25 pm

He needs to do some good for the community he stole from.

ASHCAN!!!

July 24th, 2012
12:25 pm

And how would a street named after a person effect you???? (Bloggers).

ASHCAN!!!

July 24th, 2012
12:30 pm

Awww look at all the sad excuses…. :-( So i guess if the street name get accepted, you won’t drive down that street. Awww how petty.

Jeff

July 24th, 2012
12:32 pm

I mimic the comments from ELH; no way, I love Cam as a football player, I followed him at Westlake UF, Blinn JC, Auburn and the Carolina Panthers.

Sonny Jackson

July 24th, 2012
12:33 pm

Name it after a teacher or member of the armed services if you have to change it… I don’t think there’s enough in the budget anyway. Why spend the money?

really?

July 24th, 2012
12:34 pm

Remind me which in state team did he play for? Why not name a street Benedict Arnold Blvd?

ParanoidAndroid

July 24th, 2012
12:39 pm

Everyone read Common Sense’s comment above.

The kid has done NOTHING!! He got by on physical ability alone. Not humble, not smart. What has he contributed to South Fulton? There are people out there EVERYDAY that are doing more to help the community than scam newton.

Oh yeah, btw, he plays for the Panties.

BGreen

July 24th, 2012
12:40 pm

Let’s see…there are only 77 Heisman Trophy winners and Cam Newton is one of them. This list includes names such as Doak Walker, Roger Staubach, Archie Griffin, Tony Dorsett, Earl Campbell, Marcus Allen, Hershel Walker, and Bo Jackson. Our hometown guy is a Heisman Trophy winner. There is the justification.

Any expenses anyone incurs should be sent to Bill Edwards’ office and Cam Newton should foot the bill.

Anyone else need help with anything else?

AU

July 24th, 2012
12:41 pm

[Auburn] was NOT the school that Cecil solicited money from. Mississippi State had a booster and a former player that were in contact with Cecil Newton, and that is the school that attempted to buy his services. Tennessee and Texas, who were also interested in Cam at the time, did not have any contact with Cecil regarding pay-for-play either. Face it – for Miss State to get a player of Cam’s potential, they would have HAD to have paid him to come there.