- David Newton, ESPN Staff Writer
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- So, Cam Newton, you just won the Super Bowl, what are you going to do next?
"I'm going to Waffle House,'' Newton replies, foregoing the typical Disney World response the Super Bowl MVP gives.
Well, it could happen.
After becoming the only quarterback outside of Eli Manning to throw a go-ahead touchdown against a Bill Belichick-coached New England team in the final minute, after his signature NFL moment in front of a "Monday Night Football" audience, the Carolina Panthers' franchise player went to one of the most greasy late-night hangouts in the South.
"I went to Waffle House,'' Newton said Wednesday, two days after the 24-20 victory over the Patriots extended Carolina's winning streak to six games. "Popped orange juices.''
Not that there are a lot of late-night food options in Charlotte on a Monday night. Even so, you have to like that Newton picked a place famous for serving food that is "Scattered (spread on the grill), smothered (with onions), covered (with cheese), chunked (with diced ham), peppered (with jalapeno peppers), capped (with mushrooms) and topped (with chili).''
Oh, and often fried.
Newton's celebratory meal wasn't quite that fancy, especially for a player now coming up in conversations about the NFL's most valuable player.
"I order scrambled eggs, hash browns and cheese grits in one bowl with a light waffle ... extremely light waffle,'' said Newton, who will talk about what he had to eat but not look past this week's game against Miami at the playoffs or postseason honors. "Ah, man, to die for.''
We'll call it his Super(man) Bowl.
Asked if people recognized the person who threw the game-winning 25-yard touchdown pass to Ted Ginn with 59 seconds to go, the person who dazzled the ESPN audience with a 75.8-yard scramble for a 14-yard pickup, Newton nodded his head.
"Yeah, man,'' he said jokingly. "I know them on a first-name basis. Walk in a Waffle House, 'Hey, what's up, Cam? Hi, Bobby. Cool.'''
We all laughed.
It was one of those lighthearted "Tin Cup'' moments. (Had to say that since there was a Waffle House scene in that 1996 movie.)
"Seriously, the atmosphere was electric,'' Newton continued. "We would hope that we would have multiple games like that. That was a hope or shot of appetizer of things to come.''
The game. Not the trip to Waffle House.