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

Rick James

July 24th, 2012
12:42 pm

I’m sure that photo ops with Newton’s family and campain contributions from them are Bill Edwards’ real motives for this proposal.He’s too smart of a man to honestly belive that at 23 Cam derserves such an honor.Eric Berry has done far more for South Fulton than Cam but I guess he’s not as popular..This is the same Bill Edwards who’s telling south fulton voters not to vote for TSLOST because there is nothing in it for south fulton.I guess the 30,000 jobs that will be created arent worth mentioning and people on the southside dont travel through out metro Atlanta.Self serving politians will lead to the death of us all.

Jeff

July 24th, 2012
12:43 pm

No ASHCAN!!! We love the Cameron Jerrell Newton, just not enought to have a street name after him,however If that street will attract tourism to the southside,I understand.
There are intellegent reasons for this topic so I will enbrace the name change if it occurs, only the Commissioners know.

Haters gonna hate

July 24th, 2012
12:43 pm

I think there should be a Hershel drive more importantly. That 1980 has been so long we need some reminders of it through street signs.

Auburn does not need reminders of Cam and 2010 since it happens so recently. heck 2004 is still fresh in their minds…even 1983. 1980 is a distant memory as most UGA fans were not even born then.

BGreen

July 24th, 2012
12:44 pm

By the way, I have a son at Westlake High School and anyone who doesn’t think that both Commissioner Edwards and Cam Newton have given to our community is misinformed.

Haters gonna hate

July 24th, 2012
12:45 pm

If Auburn put a street sign up for every great player or great season there would be more AU related signs then MLK or peathtree.

Jeff

July 24th, 2012
12:51 pm

I stand corrected, its only Scarborough Road in South Fulton County , well deserved, folks its not in Atlanta.

It’s in College Park,

K Conway

July 24th, 2012
12:55 pm

Is it crime infested like MLKJR ? Must be a lot of breakins tooo!

Jeff

July 24th, 2012
12:57 pm

He is the most famous person from College Park, with the exception of Creflo Dollar.

Jeff

July 24th, 2012
1:00 pm

Scarborough Road is located in a nice middle class area, not crime infested.

SCAM

July 24th, 2012
1:02 pm

Really?

July 24th, 2012
1:03 pm

@ Haters gonna hate : in response to : “If Auburn put a street sign up for every great player or great season there would be more AU related signs then MLK or peathtree.”

I think you might confusing Auburn with other school in that state…Alabama.

Van Plexico

July 24th, 2012
1:04 pm

There were never any “allegations that his father solicited money from a university [Auburn] recruiting his son.” That is not correct. There were allegations that his father solicited money from Mississippi State. Please get your facts straight.

Skitty Fritty

July 24th, 2012
1:05 pm

I would stay away from this one if I was Fulton County.

GMSTOCKOWNER

July 24th, 2012
1:05 pm

Please inform the lady referring to Cam’s father soliciting money during the recruiting process that Mississippi State was solicited, not Auburn.

I agree they should wait a few years for the street naming

Rich

July 24th, 2012
1:09 pm

Is this freaking serious? This kid is a HUGE egomaniac already. By the way, what has he done for the state of Georgia besides play football? This is a huge indictment on americas love affair with sports figures. Let the truth be told this is a JOKE! All of you that support this are crazy. I for one think that my tax dollars which are very high should be used to do something a little more worth while like feeding some hungry families in this City. Jesus people please wake up to this stupidity that we are paying for. Let Cam Newton build his own road and name it.

Reality Check

July 24th, 2012
1:10 pm

Cam Newton was paid to play college ball in another state. I say no way and will vote AGAINST any commissioner approving this travesty. I also don’t want streets named for people who steal lap top computers and plagiarized college term papers.

Details

July 24th, 2012
1:11 pm

It’s a small detail, but Daddy Newton solicited money from Mississippi State, not Auburn.

rodb

July 24th, 2012
1:11 pm

as a former lakeshore h.s. student(now westlake) and long time southsider i feel i have the right to say wtf! Are you kidding!!!! no. this shouldn’t even be up for debate or question! leave the street name alone.

Honest Truth

July 24th, 2012
1:15 pm

Do you have to donate $200,000 to Cam’s dad’s church to use the road?

Capt Jack

July 24th, 2012
1:16 pm

I can’t imagine the embaressment of having to change my address to $cam Newton Drive. It takes on avg about 50K for a business to update all of its records, marketing and vendor files when this happpens, not sure what the cost is to the avg home owner. Seems that ol’ dad solicited more than enough to cover everyone’s expenses related to this name change if they feel that strongly about it. This self-agrandizing, pointless pandering by the commissoners is indicative of how low they will go.

tim

July 24th, 2012
1:16 pm

Comm Bill Edwards is an idiot.

Spend your time on something constructive instead of naming a street after someone with a rap sheet.

MORON!

Holy Guacamole

July 24th, 2012
1:16 pm

Oh yeah. Let’s name a street after a 23 yr old kid who got kicked out of college and off of a football team for stealing a laptop, who shopped his services to the highest bidder and is now rewarded with a bazillion dollars in the NFL.
Oh, yeah. That’s the right thing to do

Incredible

July 24th, 2012
1:19 pm

There are so many “real” issues affecting South Fulton county Bill Edwards should focus on instead of renaming a street. Is he going to pay the increase in property taxes for South Fulton residents he voted for? I do not think so. We continue to vote folk like him in office, who have personal agendas that do not benefit anyone. Incredible! Incredible! Incredible! If going to the NFL is “beating the odds” we need a new measuring stick for success. Sadly, folk will vote Bill n office again.

Lynn43

July 24th, 2012
1:19 pm

Quit naming things for people. None of them deserve to have their name remembered after they are dead and gone.

Abernathy

July 24th, 2012
1:20 pm

Name it Cam Newton-Jessie Jackson-MLK Avenue of Cheaters and Adulters. That would justify Cams name on the street since he would have committed the lesser of the two evils.

Holy Guacamole

July 24th, 2012
1:21 pm

@BGreen

I agree that both Bill Edwards and Scam Newton have both given to your community. I might just not agree that what they have given is good.

DC

July 24th, 2012
1:21 pm

He didn’t steal the laptop…he paid for it from someone and then found out that it was stolen..he freaked and threw the laptop out the window (he was a freshmen in college)..the cops dropped the charges.

WHO DIDN’T CHEAT IN SCHOOL EVER????? PS asking for answers on homework is cheating…

Cam’s character shouldn’t be compared to his father’s…his father is a horrible man..from every account from EVERYONE WHO HAS EVER MET CAM..has stated that he is a great guy!..and needs to lay off the candy b/c he is way too hyper..

How much will it cost the people on that road to deal with the road change? if its like 20 bucks im gonna die laughing..

ronald

July 24th, 2012
1:22 pm

If the road is one that leads to a city jailhouse, then yes, renaming if after Newton is appropriate.

ronald

July 24th, 2012
1:23 pm

i’ve heard the cost for renaming the street will be $175,000.

oneofeach4me

July 24th, 2012
1:25 pm

The racial bias here is SO obvious… and also SO annoying! Also, it was his father that the controversy surrounded. You cannot hold a kid responsible for their parent, it’s supposed to be the other way around. So to say he beat the system or is guilty of something is irrelevant. No one really KNOWS if he knew what his father was doing or not.

Let’s talk about what we do know. Cam Newton is from GA, attended high school and played at Westlake, is a Heisman winner, won a title at Auburn, and plays for the Panthers. He was also Rookie of the year and broke Peyton Manning’s rookie record in his 1st season opener, not to mention is one of only 3 players to draft 1st, win the Heisman and a national title all in the same year.

I agree with some other posters that it doesn’t have to happen now… but it should be inevitable. You cannot deny the fact that this kid has already accomplished great things, and we should be proud that he is from Atlanta, and that he STILL claims it (after the way some of you are acting).

As for the “he didn’t play college here, and he plays for one of our rivals”. True. But how is that his fault? GA wasn’t looking for a QB at that time and it was fate that Carolina had the worst record in the league and therefore had the first draft pick and what did they need??? Oh yeah, a quarterback. I am a Falcons fan first and foremost, but this kid deserves WAY more respect from his fellow Atlantans than what some of you are dishing out here!!

DC

July 24th, 2012
1:25 pm

ronald that joke was already used….try again.

Abernathy

July 24th, 2012
1:31 pm

Enter your comments here

CM

July 24th, 2012
1:36 pm

The residents of south Fulton County should elect a new commissioner who will help to bring productive economic growth, social change and vitality to their district instead of the current one who lacks ideas. Cameron Newton has not done anything of community value presently to merit such an honor. He is not the only one in the district who has overcome very adverse situations. Keep the name as it is.

Gary

July 24th, 2012
1:37 pm

Normally honors like having a street named after you is in recognition of a lifetime of service and achievement. I hardly think a few years playing college and pro football qualifies. What if next year there is a scandal like Michael Vick or even Joe Paterno comes to mind. Do you take back the street and have all those change of addresses again? Give the kid a chance to prove he is worthy before bestowing such an honor and inconveniencing so many people.

tman

July 24th, 2012
1:42 pm

Bring this subject up again 15 years from now. Too early to even be thinking of naming a street after him. We glorify these athletes way to much. No wonder the only options so many of our kids see in making it is in the form of entertainment.

William

July 24th, 2012
1:44 pm

Cecil Newton admitted to soliciting money from Mississippi State and Auburn got his son Cam for nothing? Never in a million years would I believe that. If he was on sale to MS then he was on sale for everyone.

Percy

July 24th, 2012
1:50 pm

Wouldn’t that make us look good. Name a street for someone that cheated to get where he’s at. Definitely who I would want my street named for>>>>

the old coach

July 24th, 2012
1:50 pm

If it is an all Black neighbor – (hood) do it because soon you will hear from Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton and you will have to get an attorney to fight it. Who is to say this guy still will not turn out to be a bum. After all the removed a statue of one of one of the most respected coaches of all time. One day when he proves his worth to society do it.

Jean

July 24th, 2012
1:50 pm

Maybe a good idea later on down the line. Right now as someone previous stated he beat the system not the odds, true statement. The guy is a talentive football player but like everything else lets see his overall contributions and time will tell that, the guy has not played long enough. What civics or neighborhood pay backs has he given.

Black and White

July 24th, 2012
1:54 pm

I laugh at all these comments because all they do is bring out the racism that exists in all of you all. If you like these racist comments, go over to the Chic-Fil-A marriage article. A bunch of racists there. So everyone who comments here are HYPOCRITES full of hate. And you wonder why you are going through things in your lives. Shame on you AJC for having an arena for Racists to convene. I bet you all are Glad Monica is retiring…!!! Cam is no less than that punk that plays for the Jets now who is always praying. He has skeletons in his closet too. Let’s name a road in Buckhead after him. Let’s see the opposition then.

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not telling

July 24th, 2012
2:07 pm

This hits a little too close to home. If they do rename it, I’ll take down every street sign and put up one of those novelty Falcons one in its place.

Lance

July 24th, 2012
2:11 pm

Beat the odds? Wow!!
They should simply name the street: $$$MAKE ME AN OFFER$$$
It’s clear the only reason to name a street after Newton is to try and get something $$$ from him in the future.

wolfman

July 24th, 2012
2:12 pm

How much does he want to get paid for that???

Holy Guacamole

July 24th, 2012
2:14 pm

What? Everytime someone who is black doesn’t get their way, the first card that is played is the race card. Talk about racist.
Cam Newton played for Auburn, won the national title there, got the Heisman there (and God only knows what else)….let them name a street after him. He hasn’t done anything for Atlanta or Fulton County.

Lonely Street

July 24th, 2012
2:18 pm

He hasn’t done “great things”. He figured out how to play with a ball. Any dog or 3 year old can do that. Great things involve much, much more.

Wow

July 24th, 2012
2:23 pm

Wow! Classy bunch of folks that responded to this article. Jealous of a kid who made good.

bam bam

July 24th, 2012
2:24 pm

WOW! i find amazing that people can be so defiant over something that doesnt affect them at all….you people are a bunch of sick haters.

A fan

July 24th, 2012
2:27 pm

Why not name a strret after a Police officer who lost there life protecting the citizens of that area?

Scam Newton

July 24th, 2012
2:30 pm

Scam Newton has proven himself to be selfish and nothing more. He stole while at UF, and his father got paid (let’s be real— he got paid too) for him to play football elsewhere. He recently held an autograph session that was supposed to last 2 and 1/2 hours. He charged $150 for autographs. The session ended after an hour. That’s what happens when you are selfish!! Why does an NFL player that also gets endorsements need to charge for his autograph?? You can take a thug out of the hood, but you can’t take the hood out of the thug. Don’t put the thug back there by naming a street after him.