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Watch: Cam Newton, shirtless Bruce Pearl steal show at Auburn game

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Cam Newton has a little more free time on the weekends, and he's making the most of it.

The free agent quarterback, who was released by the New England Patriots on Aug. 31, showed up at Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday to watch his alma mater, Auburn, battle SEC rival Georgia.

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Newton was far from a passive observer, however. Just before kickoff, the former Heisman Trophy winner hopped into the stands to fire up the home crowd -- alongside Auburn men's basketball coach Bruce Pearl.

There's a lot going on here, but that's Newton jumping into the frame at about the 30-second mark to give the shirtless Pearl a bear hug and whip Auburn fans into a frenzy.

Here's another angle and a few great photos of the scene:

It was all downhill from there for Newton's Tigers, who got rolled 34-10 by the No. 2 Bulldogs. But Newton appears to be enjoying his current NFL hiatus.

When that hiatus will end is unclear. The Washington Football Team and Dallas Cowboys were among the teams potentially interested in signing Newton following his release, but both clubs seem content with their QB situations. So, it might take a major injury to a current NFL starter for the 32-year-old to get back on the playing field.