Last week, the NFL world was captivated when Tennessee Titans quarterback Charlie Whitehurst posted a photo of his new No. 12 jersey on his Instagram account, claiming that he lost the No. 6 that he had worn since his days at Clemson to punter Brett Kern in an arm wrestling contest.
A quarterback losing an arm wrestling match to a punter. It seemed too funny to be true, and it turns out it was.
Kern himself alluded to the notion last week that the entire episode might be a hoax.
So Kern & Whitehurst may be doing a social media experiment here and pulling a gag/hoax over the arm-wrestling deal. #Titans@Midday180
— Paul Kuharsky (@PaulKuharskyNFL) May 28, 2014
Now we have confirmation that it was indeed not real, as Whitehurst told The Tennessean that he never really thought anyone would take him seriously.
“It all happened so fast. I don’t remember what motivated me to do it, but I think it was kind of like, ‘Hey, this looks pretty good,’” Whitehurst said. “It was a 30-second thought. I didn’t think anybody took me that serious.” This is a rather disappointing turn of events, but all good things must come to an end, even a story about a quarterback getting manhandled by a punter for his jersey number.