New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees (left) -- a rival of the Carolina Panthers for more than a decade -- will try to lead his Saints into the Super Bowl on Sunday at home against the L.A. Rams.
New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees (left) -- a rival of the Carolina Panthers for more than a decade -- will try to lead his Saints into the Super Bowl on Sunday at home against the L.A. Rams. David T. Foster III dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees (left) -- a rival of the Carolina Panthers for more than a decade -- will try to lead his Saints into the Super Bowl on Sunday at home against the L.A. Rams. David T. Foster III dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com

Sports columnist Scott Fowler has written for the Charlotte Observer since 1994. He has authored or co-authored eight books, including four about the Carolina Panthers. In 2018, Fowler won the Thomas Wolfe award for outstanding newspaper writing. He also is the host of the Observer’s hit podcast “Carruth.”