Los Angeles Rams left tackle Andrew Whitworth has a vast list of accomplishments in his career. This season, the four-time Pro-Bowler was finally able to capture the one thing that was illuding him, a Super Bowl championship.
Following the Rams’ victory over the Cincinnati Bengals, Whitworth said that he would most likely be retiring, but that he would give himself a couple of weeks to think over his decision.
Whitworth is 40 years old, and many expected last season to be his final one. However, the NFL player got some advice from a very unlikely source that could change his mind. Whitworth appeared on NFL Total Access on Wednesday and said that advice from NHL legend Wayne Gretzky has him second-guessing his decision.
From @NFLTotalAccess: #Rams LT Andrew Whitworth told us he’s leaning toward retirement but Wayne Gretzky — yes, Wayne Gretzky — has him at least thinking about a return.
“There’s only one thing better than winning one,” The Great One told Whitworth, “and that’s winning two.” pic.twitter.com/tjLMJ5raeP
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) February 24, 2022
“I’ll never forget after we won the game, Wayne Gretzky called me, because 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.”
Whitworth still says that he is leaning towards retirement, but it is possible that the words of a wise sports legend like Gretzky could be enough to lure him back to the Rams for one more year and the chance to go back-to-back.