Super Bowl Champion Andrew Whitworth Hints of Pulling a Tom Brady Ahead of 2022 Season

Published 05/15/2022, 5:34 PM EDT
Feb 16, 2022; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams tackle Andrew Whitworth holds the Vince Lombardi trophy during the Super Bowl LVI championship rally at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Super Bowl winner and Los Angeles Rams tackle Andrew Whitworth has kept the possibility of unretiring open. Whitworth said he was open to the possibility of unretiring and returning to the Rams for the 2022 season.

Whitworth retired from the Rams after winning the Super Bowl in the 2021 season.

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Will Andrew Whitworth be the next Tom Brady?

When questioned on the possibility of his return to the NFL, Whitworth replied, “You never say never, “ leading to speculation that he may consider unretiring and returning to play for the Rams.

Feb 13, 2022; Inglewood, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay and offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth (77) celebrate after defeating the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports/ REUTERS

Tom Brady unretired from his retirement earlier this year. He will play for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as their first-choice QB, for what is possibly his last season in the NFL.

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Whitworth‘s vague response could mean that he may also be in half a mind to return after the 2021 season, which was his last.

Why could Whitworth return to the Rams?

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Whitworth retired after playing for 16 seasons in the NFL, as the oldest tackle in NFL history. He played 11 seasons for the Cincinnati Bengals and five for the Rams. He was also the oldest offensive lineman to win a Super Bowl (2021 season).

INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 24: Andrew Whitworth #77 of the Los Angeles Rams talks with referee Bill Vinovich #52 during the fourth quarter against the Detroit Lions at SoFi Stadium on October 24, 2021 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)

Whitworth’s comments may lead to speculation whether the tackle is serious about the possibility of returning. When he retired in March 2022, after winning the Super Bowl, he looked completely spent.

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It seems Tom Brady’s return to play may have sparked the fire in many a recently retired player’s belly to consider unretiring. If Whitworth returns to play, he would earn the new accolade of being the oldest tackle to un-retire and rejoin his old team.

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Prithwiraj Gupta

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Prithwiraj Gupta is an NFL author at EssentiallySports. He has completed his Master's in History from Pune University. The contact aspect of the NFL made him interested in the sport.

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