Scott Fowler: Family of Panthers icon Sam Mills has waited 19 years for the knock. Timing is everything.

The NFL season was over, and Sam Mills III was driving from Washington back toward North Carolina, the state where his father once starred for the Carolina Panthers and later provided them with the motto that has become embedded into the team’s soul: Keep Pounding. It’s a bittersweet time for the Mills family because their late patriarch is a candidate for the Pro Football Hall of Fame again. This is the 19th time Sam Mills has been eligible, but only the second time the linebacker has been included among the 15 modern-day finalists. “We feel honored just to be in this round again,” Mills III,…

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