Terrelle Pryor passes Tiger Woods on list of richest athletes

June 8, 2011 by  
Filed under Headlines, National

Terrelle PryorAfter maintaining his position as the second-highest paid athlete in the world for more than three years, former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor finally passed Tiger Woods on the list of highest-paid athletes with earnings of $76 milllion over the past 12 months.

Pryor, who decided on Tuesday to skip his senior season at Ohio State, raked in about $45 million from selling Buckeye memorabilia, $20 million from selling autographs and $11 million in other assorted improper benefits.

Rounding out the list at No. 3 is NBA star Kobe Bryant with $53 million, followed by recent top NFL draft pick Cam Newton at $49 million and USC freshman running back Dillion Baxter at $47 million.

Cam Newton denies ever receiving education from Auburn

January 14, 2011 by  
Filed under Headlines, National, Popular

Cam NewtonDespite recent allegations that Cam Newton received free textbooks, access to a state-of-the-art library, instruction from over 10 professors and one-on-one sessions with at least five tutors during his one-year stint with Auburn University, the quarterback maintains that he never took advantage of a any such academic benefits.

“I always had guys breathing down my neck about taking advantage of classes, but I always refused,” Newton said one day after declaring himself eligible for the NFL draft. “People can say what they want, but I didn’t go to a single class when I was there. Not one. I promise you the only way those professors even know who I am is through the news.”

As of press time, more than 50,000 current and former student athletes have also come forward to deny charges that they ever took advantage of a free education from their respective schools.

Cam Newton too emotional to notice that’s not Heisman

December 13, 2010 by  
Filed under Headlines, National

An emotional Cameron Newton thanked his mother and father, then paused to compose himself as he unknowingly accepted the Craddock Little League Most Improved Player Award on Saturday night.

The Heisman Trust opted to replace the real Heisman Trophy at the last minute in an effort to save Newton the embarrassment of having to returning the trophy a few years from now or possibly later today.

“I think this decision satisfies everyone involved,” said Heisman Trust president William J. Dockery. “We get to keep our beloved trophy and by the time Cameron and his family realize we gave them a fake, the NCAA will have found him guilty of about 70 other violations anyway, so…yeah…win-win.”

The Heisman Trust would later apologize for incorrectly spelling Newton’s name “Cheats McGee, Jr” and asked that he surrender the trophy immediately so they can take care of that for him.