After 11 years with the Cincinnati Bengals, offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth made a decision that changed the lives of many many people. He boarded a plane with his family, he flew to Los Angeles to take a physical for the LA Rams, and he eventually signed on to be their blind side offensive tackle. That all happened in 2017, the very same year that the Rams hired on head coach Sean McVay.
Let’s put LA Rams Andrew Whitworth’s career in perspective. He will turn 40 years old this season. Many NFL players are done by the age of 30 years old. But not Andrew Whitworth, because Big Whit is the Energizer Bunny Rabbit. He keeps going and going and… going. And not just going, but 2020 was arguably one of his best NFL seasons before he fell to injury for the second half of the season.
You get to hear the podcast from this link here: Jim Rome talks football with venerable OT Andrew Whitworth. While you may know a ton of information about the venerable LA Rams left tackle, this is actually pretty entertaining stuff. Whitworth has never been more open and real in his conversations about what it took to turn the page to a new chapter of NFL football with the LA Rams, and that honesty is about as good as it gets.
Of course, the fact is that the success of the LA Rams in the past four years has been dependent upon Whitworth, and signing on with the Rams started everything. But the career of Whitworth will not continue forever. It’s already far longer than many of his contemporaries have lasted.
Had he not joined the LA Rams, the pressure of playing on a struggling NFL team, combined with the inevitable youth movement that comes with drafting a new quarterback, might have spelled the untimely end to Andrew Whitworth’s long and noteworthy football career. But he took a chance on the reformed LA Rams, and they took a chance on him. They changed history in 2017. Now let’s discuss how…