A fan petition would like to rename one of the streets leading to Auburn’s campus. A name that surely will let opponents and fans alike know exactly where they are headed.
Fans have started a MoveOn.org petition to rename the street leading to the Auburn Regional Airport “Cam Newton Run” in honor of the Heisman and national championship-winning quarterback.
“With exit 57 serving as a prominent gateway to Auburn fans, prospective students, opponents and the like, ‘Cam Newton Run’ recognizes one of Auburn’s most famous graduates and athletes who has served as a prominent and effective ambassador for Auburn both on and off the field,” the petition states. “This rename also serves as a way to depoliticize what may be considered by many in this community to be a painful yet imminent name change .”
It takes a lot for a campus or government to name a street after a prominent figure. Newton certainly should have a presence somewhere in the Auburn community with some type of permanent honor — perhaps reserved for after his playing days.
Hubbard was a Republican member of the Alabama House of Representatives who was convicted on 12 felony corruption charges last week. It would seem a name change might be in order regardless. Hubbard’s name also adorns a building on Auburn’s campus.
Auburn fans have an idea of how to address this issue and give the street a name it can be proud of.