THOUSAND OAKS, CA (KATC) – Andrew Whitworth never won a play-off game before the Rams beat the Cowboys last Saturday, and this week, the biggest game of his career will be played in his favorite stadium.
Whitworth is a West Monroe product who won three state titles in 1997, 1998 and 2000. He went to LSU where he was apart of Nick Saban’s first recruiting class, and later first BCS National Championship team in 2003, a 21-14 win over Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl, a championship win played in the Superdome.
Whitworth won three LHSAA football titles in the Superdome and another championship in college. Even as a pro he was 2-0 in the Super Dome before the Saints beat the Rams 45-35 in November. It’s no wonder he loves the building so much.
“Those are fond memories of that place,” he told reporters Wednesday. “I say it all the time. The Superdome is the place I have the best emotional tie. Because of my athletic career there.”
At 37, Whitworth is the oldest offensive linemen in NFL, and retirement talks are never far away. Sunday’s game against the Saints is the biggest in his career, and their is no path he’d rather take.
“I’m excited. It’s going to be a challenge, but that’s why you play the game. But what a cool place to have a chance to go try and win it.”