Ten questions about life off the field with Carolina Panthers rookie offensive lineman Andrew Norwell:
Q. Your teammates know Luke Kuechly’s from Cincinnati. Do they know this is a homecoming game for you, too?
A. Guys know this is my hometown. Everybody’s been asking me where are the spots to go to eat.
Q. What do you tell them?
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A. Montgomery Inn. I definitely recommended Skyline Chili, head them in the right direction.
Q. I’ve had that chili. Cincinnati chili’s a little different, right?
A. It’s different than other people’s chili. It’s served on spaghetti. There’s a lot of cheddar cheese on there. A good combination.
Q. What’s the specialty at Montgomery Inn?
A. Get a rack of ribs. Get them wet with the sauce. You’ll love the sauce, the Montgomery Inn barbecue sauce.
Q. Did you know Kuechly in high school?
A. No, I didn’t actually. We didn’t go to the same high school. I’m on the east side. I went to a public school (Anderson High), he went to a Catholic school. So it was kind of different.
Q. Did your family have season tickets to Bengals games?
A. No, nothing like that. I grew up a Bengals’ fan. They were on (TV) every Sunday. I grew up watching them and they were my team when I was younger.
Q. Would you say those were tough times to be a fan until recently?
A. Yeah, it was. I think the last time they went to the Super Bowl was in (1989). So I wasn’t even born then. I was born in ’91.
Q. Did you get a lot of ticket requests this week?
A. No, not really. Just my immediate family. I’ve got 12 people going so far. I know for sure my parents and siblings are going to have a tailgate before the game with a big cooker. They’re excited about it. It’ll be like a little family reunion.
Q. Ryan Kalil said to ask you what your high school’s nickname is.
Q. Has there been any pressure on your high school to change the name?
A. Not recently. There was back in the early 2000s, same issue. It’s always been brought up.