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The Carolina Panthers' secret weapon is... Waffle House?

Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers
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Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers

What's the secret to the Carolina Panthers' 15-1 season? It could be their lucky charm: Waffle House.

The team, which will host the NFC title game on Sunday, seems to spend as much time at the chain restaurant as it does on the field, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Waffle House, which offers 24-hour-a-day breakfast, is an economical way for players to fuel up on calories and caters to their unusual work hours.

There are 20 Waffle House restaurants within 25 miles of North Carolina's Bank of America Stadium, the home of the Panthers.


The chain is a staple for those who grew up or attended colleges in the South. The Panthers have dozens of Southeastern Conference and Atlantic Coast Conference alumni, who spent their college days chowing down at Waffle House, according to The Journal.

Cam Newton, who was named the 2015 NFL Most Valuable Player and Offensive Player of the Year by the Professional Football Writers of America on Wednesday, is a frequent face at his local Waffle House and is on a first-name basis with the staff.

"I order scrambled eggs, hash browns and cheese grits in one bowl with a light waffle ... extremely light waffle," Newton told The Wall Street Journal.

Read the full article from The Wall Street Journal.