Cam Newton and company have the major benefit of a Waffle House just up the road, creating that true home-field advantage.
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The Carolina Panthers are 15-1 and are set to take on the Arizona Cardinals in the 2016 NFC championship game. So, what’s been their key to success? The players will admit that they’ve quickly fallen in love with the chain restaurant Waffle House.
They’ve become such big fans of Waffle House that defensive end Mario Addison even called it "an advantage." Cam Newton said that he went there so frequently two years ago, that he and the staff were essentially on a first-name basis.
“Oh, it’s definitely an advantage,” said Panthers defensive end Mario Addison, who is a frequent visitor to the Waffle House in Charlotte. “Country ham, four eggs-scrambled—with cheese.”
“I order scrambled eggs, hash browns and cheese grits in one bowl with a light waffle … extremely light waffle,” Newton said.
It didn’t stop there either, as former Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Kevin Norwood, who was traded to the Panthers this past offseason, was nearly distraught when finding out that there was not a Waffle House anywhere near him in Seattle.
“There are no Waffle Houses in the entire state of Washington,” said Norwood, who attended the University of Alabama. “All they had was Denny’s. What the heck? Where I’m from, there’s a Waffle House on every corner.”
Well, everyone has their food of choice before a big game, and apparently for the Panthers, that food is Waffle House.
Jeff Smith writes about the NFL for FOX Sports. You can find him on Twitter @JSM8ith.