Auburn alum Cam Newton received a hero’s welcome at Jordan-Hare Stadium Saturday as the team’s honorary coach.
With the Carolina Panthers on a bye week, Newton was able to make an appearance at the 80th Iron Bowl five years removed from leading his former team to a 28-27 win over Alabama on the way to a National Title.
Newton was greeted with an ovation every time he was shown on the stadium’s new video board. The loudest cheers came when Newton broke out a few of his “Dab” dance moves.
The NFL MVP candidate’s only interview was with CBS’s sideline reporter Allie LaForce right before kickoff. LaForce asked what Newton’s message was to Auburn’s players.
“It’s simple play within themselves and the moment can’t be too big for anyone to make a play today,” Newton said.
Newton also talked about his pep talk for Auburn quarterback Jeremy Johnson.
“A talented kid like that him just being him is enough,” Newton said. “He has all the talent in the world. I think he gets outside and tries to do too much. Him being him is good enough.”
Fans eager to catch a glimpse of Newton on Saturday didn’t have to wait long.
Newton was first in line with Auburn coach Gus Malzahn at Tiger Walk. He also came out of the tunnel as players were on the field for their pregame walkthrough.
The student section jumped to their feet when Newton walked out to midfield and back with a large group of photographers following his every step. He paused for a few selfies for Auburn staffers smiling all the way back to the locker room.