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Cam Newton

Pulls a Dangerfield ...

Heads Back to School

1/15/2013 12:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton knows ... he's gotta have a backup plan if the whole NFL thing doesn't work out ... so he's heading back to college.

Newton -- who blew off school to become the #1 overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft -- has re-enrolled at Auburn University for the spring semester to continue working on his sociology degree.

FYI -- Newton signed a 4-year, $22 million contract with the Panthers when he first left Auburn ... and has undoubtedly racked up millions more through various endorsement deals.

Still, it's clear Newton knows you can't put a price on a good education ... and made the decision to go back.

A rep for the school told the Associated Press Cam won't be talking to the media about his decision because he just "wants to focus on school and be a normal student."

A normal student ... who can buy and sell the entire teaching staff.

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USA#1    

All of the other students better hide their laptops. This guy is a thief and his so called man of god of a father is his pimp.

610 days ago
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KicksandGiggles    

Stupid move. He needs to make the $$$ while his body and skill hold up. You can go back to school at any time any age. Nobody exactly fighting over Sociology grads either. Ask the unemployed college grads to price their good education.

610 days ago
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Mike    

Because there's BIG BUCKS to be made in Sociology!

610 days ago
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Truth    

BA SOCIOLOGY?? YALL KNOW THAT'S A USELESS UNDERGRAD ARTS DEGREE IN THE REAL WORLD. CANT DO SH*T ALL UNLESS YOU HAVE A MASTER'S LEVEL OR PHD (WHICH LEADS TO BEING A SHRINK). AT LEAST HE'S QUALIFIED TO SELL YOU SHOES AT THE LOCAL NIKE STORE. #TRUTH!!

610 days ago
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DaveT    

Good plan, never know when you might marry an abusive woman who smacks you then you smack her back and you lose your entire NFL career because of feminist-influenced idiocy ;)

610 days ago
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QE2    

Good for him. Now the first class he should take is called Accounting. Maybe he can avoid either throwing him money away or being cheated by others. Followed by Econ and Stats. (How money works and basic probabilities-iei how unllikely money scams are to work for he investor.) Then one calleed Principals of Investing.

610 days ago
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Toilethead    

He's doing a smart thing. More of them should do the same thing. And I don't think he's going to have to worry about student loans.

610 days ago
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Eric in L.A.    

Sociology Degree??? WTF - yea that is a back up plan.

610 days ago
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Eli7798    

Smart Kid. That's why He's on my fantasy squad that just one me my first fantasy championship!! $$$$$

610 days ago
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Twiz    

I could be wrong, but I do believe that having a BA in sociology is 1 of the requirements before getting your masters degree

610 days ago
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Steven318    

Very smart man, more of these players should be doing the same! Now that's a role model!

610 days ago
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Cubaneagle    

For those who don't know. Cam wants to open day cares and work with kids. Volunteered at local grade schools at Auburn before he even took a snap. That is what you do with a sociology degree.

610 days ago
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Michelle    

Going back and getting your degree is always a good idea....but sociology??!! What, is he going to go from NFL player to social worker??? Why not communication....he can always work for ESPN and expand his career from there.

610 days ago
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bfs    

Nothing unusual about Cam Newton's decision. Many professional athletes return to complete their BA's. Troy Polamalu returned to USC as did Brian Cushing more recently. When an athlete is on track to graduate in the spring the (high draft picks) have to prepare for the columbine so they can't finish up. Then after a couple seasons they typically return to finish. It's not a big deal as many do it. Heck, some even return for graduate work like the Seahawks Wilson, now that's impressive. Then there was Shaq of course that dwarfs all these guys!

610 days ago
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opal    

Oh yeah a "sociology" degree should come in handy for getting a job at .... yeah, another useless degree by our finest universities.

610 days ago
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