As any tailgater knows, sports and food go incredibly well together. Realizing the genius behind this pairing, over the years a laundry list of professional athletes—everyone from LeBron James and Kevin Durant, to Michael Jordan and Clyde Frazier—have either owned their own restaurant, or invested in a franchise. Now, it seems Cam Newton is getting in on the trend—but instead of a brick and mortar set-up, he's taking his food on-the-go.
According to WCCB, the Carolina Panthers quarterback will unveil his first food truck—dubbed "Smokn' Aces"—at the team's first home game against the San Francisco 49ers on September 18. The truck will be stationed close to Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, and all the proceeds will go to local charity organizations.
Smokin' Aces is a play on Newton's nickname, "Ace Boogie,” and the QB said his love of Charlotte’s “Food Truck Fridays” inspired him to start the business.
The truck features a mural of Newton in his trademark Superman pose (we’re not sure why he isn’t dabbing…) and was painted by local artist Mark Paul Derens. The graffiti artist debuted the truck’s logo in a series of Instagram posts last week, sharing a timelapse that details the entire process, as well as a photo of Newton admiring his handiwork.
Since Newton chose to test his willpower by going pescatarian earlier this year, Smokin' Aces will of course serve a lot of fish. But for those who want another kind of protein, a selection of chicken dishes will also available. So far there’s word on the specifics of the menu, but if "smokn’" is any indication, perhaps some barbecue will be involved.
Even though fans won't Newton inside the truck cooking, the quarterback may stop by now and then for some grub.
“I wanted to be closer to people and to have a chance to be around more people," he told WCCB. “Not in the truck. Imma be eating. Smokn’ Aces!”