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 championship game in Glendale, Ariz. against Oregon.
Riley said the special day will also 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 of before the Crimson Tide defeated Texas in the national championship game. Riley bragged he could become the first governor who can brag about back-to-back national champions and Heisman winners from the same state.