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Rams OT Andrew Whitworth intends to return for 2021 season

1/12/2021 5:15:04 PM
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Football is a game of emotions and Andrew Whitworth isn't shy about showing them, Adam Maya of reports. As the oldest player on the Rams, he feels it's his duty to lead by an expressive example.

"I love the energy bus and being that guy for us. That's my thing," the 39-year-old left tackle said. "I try to be the energy bus and tell all the guys I'm driving and they can hop on."

It's a ride that might not be over soon. Whitworth told NFL Network's Steve Wyche and Jim Trotter on the latest episode of the Huddle & Flow podcast that he's motivated to take snaps at 40-years-old and thus plans to play next season. It would put him in rarified air. Few linemen have done it in the annals of the NFL, and the last was Hall of Famer Bruce Matthews in 2001.

Whitworth, who's contemplated retirement in the past, said the bigger decision for him this offseason will be whether he wants to continue his journey with another team, should the Rams choose to cut ties after giving him a lucrative three-year extension last March.

"It's less about coming back and more about, are you willing to go play somewhere else, if that's what has to happen?" Whitworth said.

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