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Whitehurst loses number via arm wrestling with punter

Charlie Whitehurst isn’t a great quarterback.  But he’s better at quarterbacking than he is at arm wrestling.

Whitehurst, currently a backup in Tennessee, has lost his jersey number of choice (No. 6) via the ultimate biceps barometer battle — against the team’s punter.

Yes, Whitehurst lost his number by losing at arm wrestling.  With punter Brett Kern.  In Whitehurst’s defense, Kern is 6-2 and 214 pounds.  Of course, Whitehurst is 6-5 and 225.

Complicating the embarrassment is that Whitehurst disclosed the embarrassment himself, via Twitter and Instagram.  Then again, that approach allowed him to control the message on a nugget that inevitably would have been disclosed by Kern or someone else.

It could have been worse.  Whitehurst could have held a press conference at 3:00 p.m. ET on the Friday of Memorial Day weekend with no questions from the press taken by the person calling the conference.

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36 Responses to “Whitehurst loses number via arm wrestling with punter”
  1. thegreatgabbert says: May 28, 2014 2:01 PM

    Any issue about the number may be redundant. At practice next day Brett Kern was seen throwing passes to receivers. He looked pretty good, actually.

  2. youtubeingravenvids says: May 28, 2014 2:04 PM

    Cut him at once.

  3. flipola says: May 28, 2014 2:08 PM

    With his throwing arm? Against a guy that (probably) barely works out his arms? Along with the jersey number, let’s hope he also loses his roster spot.

  4. flipola says: May 28, 2014 2:10 PM

    This is how all number disputes should be settled.

  5. bucrightoff says: May 28, 2014 2:12 PM

    Clipboard Jesus is a great nickname if nothing else

  6. theageofquarrel says: May 28, 2014 2:13 PM

    I guess he won’t be going on Game Of Arms any time soon.

  7. f1restarter says: May 28, 2014 2:21 PM

    I bet he could beat both Christian Ponder and Teddy Bridgewater.

  8. seahawkfanfrom1970s says: May 28, 2014 2:23 PM

    I’m AMAZED Whitehurst is still in the league.

  9. t500000t says: May 28, 2014 2:24 PM

    Charlie was a great backup in SD, but that was because Rivers never missed a start.

    He was great because he never complained and knew his role.

  10. andrewluck12 says: May 28, 2014 2:35 PM

    Remember when Seattle thought this guy was their next Matt hassellbeck

  11. fordmandalay says: May 28, 2014 2:38 PM

    Why does he even still have a jersey at all?

  12. vikesfan22 says: May 28, 2014 2:43 PM

    He lost his number to a punter?! He should turn in his man card also.

  13. bengoldstein2010 says: May 28, 2014 2:51 PM

    This such a fitting story for Charlie.

  14. dalcow4 says: May 28, 2014 2:58 PM

    What’s the big deal? NFL officials arm wrestle for numbers and referee positions all the time. How do you think we decide on who gets to do the Super Bowl?

    Ed Hochuli

  15. t500000t says: May 28, 2014 3:00 PM

    7 years in the NFL with a lifetime record of 1-3 making 600-800k/year.

    Not a bad job at all.

  16. louiedogg16 says: May 28, 2014 3:09 PM

    So, why did Tennessee pay this guy $4mil? Best job in America is. Being Charlie Whitehurst.

  17. jxt2521 says: May 28, 2014 3:10 PM

    Lincoln Hawk: What I do is I just try to take my hat and I turn it around, and it’s like a switch that goes on. And when the switch goes on, I feel like another person, I feel, I don’t know, I feel like a… like a truck. Like a machine.

  18. nite2al says: May 28, 2014 3:15 PM

    Good thing this didn’t happen on his pro-day.

  19. kylexitron says: May 28, 2014 3:17 PM

    Charlie Whitehurst has made almost as much money off his hair as troy polamalu without ever doing an endorsement deal with head and shoulders.

  20. afcdomination says: May 28, 2014 3:21 PM

    what a great way to settle it. and it makes sense because of how the number slotting is done. you will always have a pretty fair match up

  21. dfields4 says: May 28, 2014 3:22 PM

    Clipboard Jesus is hilarious. I can’t believe I haven’t heard of that nickname before. I know I will get hate for this but I can’t believe this clown is still in the league and Tebow can’t land a roster spot. Think Tim Tebow would lose an arm wrestling match with a punter? Hell, with anyone? lol

  22. elliottcovert says: May 28, 2014 3:35 PM

    A lot of arm wrestling is actually about leverage rather than pure strength. If you look up arm wrestling techniques, you’ll quickly discover that a relatively weak person can beat someone who can curl really heavy weights by understanding the physics of the sport.

  23. phinagain says: May 28, 2014 3:42 PM

    That has to be the first time I’ve ever seen arm wrestling referred to as a “sport”

  24. thenorseman817 says: May 28, 2014 3:46 PM


  25. 12thmanseattle says: May 28, 2014 3:47 PM

    This sounds pretty bad. But honestly most punters nowadays are big guys. Look at Jon Ryan, that guy would easily rip any of our heads off. Quarterbacks aren’t generally the strongest guys anyway, with a few exceptions, but the strong Qb’s are generally the ones that aren’t very good football players

  26. cowpiesnotcowboys says: May 28, 2014 3:51 PM

    Oh no, this means that someone is going to have to buy up the entire existing inventory of Whitehurst #6 jerseys. Both of them.

  27. jgedgar70 says: May 28, 2014 3:55 PM

    At least now we have PROOF that Clempson QBs are useless.

  28. squirrelthomas says: May 28, 2014 3:59 PM

    No bigs, he already lost his self respect a long time ago.

  29. harveyredman says: May 28, 2014 4:03 PM

    I cannot fathom that any team would rather have this bum hold a clipboard instead of Vince Young.

    Seriously, Vince Young must be the worst teammate ever or something. He has a 31-9 record as a starter and cannot even get a gig as a clipboard holder. SMH

    He couldn’t even beat out Tarvaris Jackson.

    Dude is literally stealing money from multiple teams! lol
    There is not a snow-ball’s chance in h e double hockey sticks that TD Jesus could do anything productive if he ever had to play.

    So instead you pay a guy a few million a year to run your scout team, hoping he never ever sees the field.

    Makes no sense to me

  30. tennesseetitan78 says: May 28, 2014 4:04 PM

    Did he not watch the movie “Over the top”??

  31. t500000t says: May 28, 2014 4:09 PM

    “No bigs, he already lost his self respect a long time ago”

    Why, because he just wasn’t good enough to be a starter?

  32. mackcarrington says: May 28, 2014 5:09 PM

    At first glance it looked like
    Whitehurst Loses Arm Via Wrestling With Punter.”

  33. mutantman87 says: May 28, 2014 6:28 PM

    I don’t know much about Brett Kern, but that doesn’t look good for Whitehurst. But there’s plenty of punters out there with big, strong arms. There would be no shame in losing to punters like Jon Ryan (Seahawks), Steve Weatherford (Giants), or Daniel Sepulveda (formerly of the Steelers), and those are just guys off the top of my head.

  34. charger383 says: May 28, 2014 6:42 PM

    Where are all those people who say kickers are not real football players?

  35. raiderapologist says: May 28, 2014 10:10 PM

    Charlie got drafted in 2006, and is still getting paid. He’s thrown for less than 1,000 yards. 3 TDs, 4 INTs. In his career. He’s getting 2M guaranteed this season. This guy is my hero.

  36. forever9ers says: May 29, 2014 3:23 AM

    That’s like a wrester losing a match to his baby sister.

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