Rams star left tackle Andrew Whitworth, 40, is the oldest active player in the NFL. And with 16 seasons, two All-Pro selections and now a Super Bowl title to his name, he's accomplished just about everything you could hope for in an NFL career.
In fact, prior to LA's Super Bowl LVI win, the veteran lineman hinted at retirement if his team claimed this year's Lombardi Trophy.
While Whitworth very well could ride off into the sunset with his one Super Bowl ring, one all-time great athlete may convince him to do otherwise.
During a recent appearance on NFL Network, Whitworth said his friend and neighbor Wayne Gretzky called to offer him a bit of wisdom as he ponders his NFL future.
“I’ll never forget after we won the game, ‘The Great One’ Wayne Gretzky called me, cause I live out here near him in Sherwood,” Whitworth said. “He was like, ‘Hey Whit, there’s only one thing better than winning one, and that’s winning two.’ And I said, ‘You know what, I can’t argue with you.’ It’s gonna be tough. One way or another it’s gonna be a tough decision.”
Gretzky claimed four Stanley Cups through a 21-year NHL career before retiring at 38.
While this certainly is a compelling argument from the all-time great, Whitworth still appears to be leaning towards a well-deserved retirement.
“I’m definitely leaning towards probably being done,” he added. “I think that that’s probably best for me at this time in my career. There’s obviously days I’m waking up right now that I don’t know if I want to do that. It’s battling that a little bit. I’ll come to a conclusion here soon to give the Rams a chance to make the moves they need to one way or another.”