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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Atlanta residents don’t want their street renamed Cam Newton Drive

Cam Newton had an excellent rookie season last year. That came on the heels of leading Auburn to a national title during his lone year with the Tigers, a year in which he also won the Heisman. So, yeah, it’s been a good couple years for the Panthers quarterback.

Good enough, apparently, for Georgia’s Fulton County to consider naming a stretch of road outside of Atlanta after Newton. The proposal is to rename Scarborough Road in honor of Newton, who went to high school nearby and has family in the area. But the name change won’t happen if some unhappy residents already living on the would-be “Cam Newton Drive” got their way. From The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

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.

At a public forum last week, the chief complaints from residents included the cost of having to update all their records, Newton’s age (23) and how he got in trouble at both Florida and Auburn. Surprisingly, to our knowledge, the fact that Newton plays for a division rival to the Falcons was never even brought up.

H/T Deadspin
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