MONTGOMERY, Ala. --
Auburn's Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Cam Newton has been honored by Alabama Gov. Bob Riley.
Riley declared that Saturday will be "Cameron Newton Day" in Alabama. Riley said the designation is in recognition of the Atlanta native's play on the field leading the Tigers to an undefeated record and a spot in Monday's national title game in Glendale, Ariz., against Oregon.
Riley said the special day also will honor Newton's work off the field mentoring children.
Riley gave a similar honor last year to Alabama running back and 2009 Heisman winner Mark Ingram before the Crimson Tide defeated Texas in the national championship game.
Riley boasted he could become the first governor who can brag about back-to-back national champions and Heisman winners from the same state.
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