Auburn quarterback Cam Newton found another bag of cash in his locker today after practice, just the latest awesome gift he has received via the Auburn football Secret Santa gift exchange.
"This is a great program. A supportive program," said Newton. "Other schools have Secret Santa's, but the thing that's great about ours is that it is year-round. In fact, I've been getting gifts since the day I enrolled here."
Most of the cash, goods, electronics and services Newton has been given have had no Christmas markings at all.
"Clearly my Secret Santa is just trying to keep me in the dark about who he is," said Newton. "That's why he changes things up like that. In fact, sometimes he'll just have a booster or alum hand me an envelope of cash to throw me off the scent even more."
While Newton has received some of his Secret Santa gifts directly, others have been funneled first through his father, the Rev. Cecil Newton.
"As a reverend, I know many things about the holy Christmas holiday," said Rev. Newton. "So I can say, for example, that a gift of an iPad with 3G and Wi-Fi is more appropriate than one with just Wi-Fi or just a regular iPod."
The Heisman-winning quarterback says he has also been a generous Secret Santa.
"I didn't sign up for the program, but I sort of see Auburn University as my Secret Santa recipient," he said. "I've earned them millions and millions and millions of dollars this year. You're welcome, Auburn. Don't spend it all in one place."