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IMG signs superstar QB Cam Newton for marketing

From an IMG Worldwide press release:

NEW YORK, February 1, 2011—IMG Worldwide, the premier global sports, entertainment and media company, announced today that it has signed superstar quarterback for the Auburn University football Tigers, Cam Newton, for marketing, sponsorships and endorsements.

Cam Newton after winning the 2011 BCS National Championship

Under the terms of the exclusive multi-year agreement, IMG will represent Newton in the development, negotiation, organization and administration of all licensing, Internet, multimedia, endorsement, modeling, speaking, appearance, film, television, theatrical, broadcast, literary opportunities and similar activities. IMG will not represent Cam for his on field player contract.

In 2010, Newton put up one of the best single season performances in NCAA history. Newton tallied up 49 total touchdowns (28 pass, 20 rush, 1 reception). He threw for 2,589 yards, and rushed for another 1,409 on the ground. He recorded an astonishing 10.5 yards per pass attempt, and threw just six interceptions on the season, while also completing 67.1% of his passes.

The 6'6” 250 pound Newton, one of the most highly touted NFL draft prospects in years, led Auburn to the BCS National Championship during his lone season with the Tigers. He has decided to skip his senior year to enter the draft.

“"We are extremely pleased to have Cam as an IMG marketing client," said Sandy Montag, Senior Corporate Vice President of IMG Sports and Entertainment. “We anticipate that Cam will be of great interest to companies and brands that want to associate with a proven winner to help grow their businesses. Carlos Fleming, IMG Vice President will manage the global team at IMG that will support Newton's off-field business. He will work in a closely coordinated and cooperative effort with Perennial Sports and Entertainment and B.C. Sports, who will be jointly representing Newton for his NFL contract negotiations, with Tony Paige, Bus Cook and Chitta Mallik serving as his NFL agents.

"I'm very happy to have IMG representing the off-field business aspects of my career," Newton said. "They continue to represent some of the greatest athletes in their respective sports and I'm thrilled and honored to find myself included with some of the true icons of global sports."

Born in College Park, Georgia, the 21 year-old Newton initially played for the Florida Gators. He would later transfer to Blinn College, where his team won a national junior college football championship. Newton was then recruited by several major universities and ultimately chose Auburn University. He became just the third player in major college football history to pass for 20 touchdowns and rush for 20 touchdowns in a single season. On December 11, 2010, he was awarded the Heisman Trophy as the most outstanding college football player.

In addition to the Heisman, Newton was awarded the Maxwell Player of the Year Award, the Davey O'Brien Award, the Manning Award as the top quarterback, The Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, and was named to the 2010 College Football All American team.

Cam Newton is the son of Cecil Newton, Sr., who played strong safety for two seasons with the Dallas Cowboys and the younger brother of Cecil Newton, Jr., a center for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the NFL.

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