Los Angeles Rams players had plenty of great moments during their media availabilities at Super Bowl opening night, and Andrew Whitworth was no exception. The veteran left tackle made light of his seniority, saying how great it is to “play a kids game at my age,” per Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk.
“It’s amazing. To be the oldest offensive lineman in the league and have the opportunity to play in this game is tremendous and something that I worked 13 years for and played, I don’t know, 12-13,000 snaps in NFL football to have this opportunity, so I couldn’t be more excited and, honestly, pumped up for the moment of going out there and having this chance,” Whitworth said about playing in his first Super Bowl.
Before this season, Whitworth had never been a team that won a playoff game since entering the league in 2006. He turned 37 last month but has shown no sign of slowing down even though, as he pointed out, he’s the oldest offensive lineman in the league.
The former second-round pick from LSU was a first-team All-Pro last year and had another great season this year. Most linemen don’t make it past their early to mid-30s, and Whitworth is defying all norms. According to Grant Gordon of NFL.com, Whitworth has never really seriously considered retirement, either.
“Really when I sat down and weighed it, I said you know what I just love the game too much. I love the opportunity of being in the locker room too much and felt like I could still play at a high level, and so for me it honestly was just, ‘You know what, I’m gonna keep pressing on,’” he said.
Whitworth received the third-best grade of any tackle from Pro Football Focus this year, so it’s safe to say the Rams hope he doesn’t call it quits anytime soon.