It all started when he went to the University of Florida and was caught stealing. When the police showed up at the dorm, he began throwing the stolen items out the window, including a laptop; of course, he was nabbed anyway. The court said if he attended a "Get Straight" program that he wouldn't be sentenced but he was kicked off the team. He also had problems academically and was eventually kicked out of school. The school did just fine as Tim Tebow, who won the Heisman, led them to a National Championship.
Blinn College (in Texas), offered him a scholarship and he led the team to a national championship in their division. He was also the player of the year. At this point Auburn and Mississippi State were interested in him but still concerned about his character. He chose Auburn.
While playing for Auburn, the NCAA found out that Cam's father tried to extort money ($180,000), from Mississippi State if he steered Cam to their university. It was decided that Cam knew nothing about it, so he wasn't suspended. Cam ended up breaking pretty much every Auburn record at quarterback, won the national championship, and won the Heisman.
To wrap up, Panther's owner, Jerry Richardson, spoke to Cam about his organization and that being a role model was key to being a member of the team. Cam promised not to get in trouble, so Richardson made him the number one draft pick. A lesson that a person can change with the right motivation and that our past is history no matter how bad it might seem.