1 of Rams offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth’s finest profession role versions, he mentioned, has been hockey legend Wayne Gretzky.
Now in the twilight of Whitworth’s career, which is been no distinct. A couple of days back, as noted by NFL Network, Whitworth spoke with Gretzky soon after the Rams’ Super Bowl LVI acquire, the 4-time Stanley Cup winner telling the oldest tackle in NFL heritage “there’s only one thing superior than profitable one, and that’s winning two.”
Going for walks to a suite as a guest at NASCAR’s Sensible Power 400 race in Fontana on Sunday, Whitworth, 40, said he’s now reflecting on an extra piece of wisdom from Gretzky — a discussion they experienced a few a long time in the past, when Whitworth was also considering hanging up his cleats.
“Many several years back, he informed me a tale about building guaranteed that I make groups rip the jersey off and not just take it off,” Whitworth mentioned, “because it is a person of the greatest points I ever get to do.”
Whitworth’s likely retirement has been a sizzling subject amid the post-Tremendous Bowl elation, as the 16-year veteran frequently hinted he’d move away from the activity soon after the championship. He’s dangled his ft in the months that have adopted, however, most just lately stating he’s “leaning to almost certainly getting done.”
Whitworth didn’t especially comment on his retirement Sunday, instead stating he was having time absent from soccer to apparent his head.
“The additional you entail oneself in diverse places, other sports, just fill up your time — it presents you a probability to look at out,” Whitworth stated. “When you come back again to that selection, you have got a real feeling of where by you’re at.”
Element of that checking-out method was his physical appearance as a grand marshal at the Smart Electric power 400, all through which Whitworth brought alongside a shock guest — Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford.
In pre-race media availability, the two joked about offering the command to start off engines.
“It’s just like running plays,” Whitworth mentioned. “We’ve obtained a few rehearsals in, we’re all set. We’re just heading to wing it and permit it come about.”
“We talked about it about 30 seconds back out there,” Stafford clarified, to laughter.
Whitworth’s 2nd date with his spouse, Melissa, arrived through a stop by to Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama. Stafford also went to a few Talladega races all through his time at the College of Ga, and mentioned he “fell in love” with NASCAR there.
Stafford is rooting for Hendrick Motorsports driver Chase Elliott, he reported, a Georgia indigenous.
“And he’s rocking the No. 9, so I gotta pull for him,” reported Stafford, whose jersey range is the exact same.