LOS ANGELES – Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow sits just one year removed from a torn ACL that ended his 2020 season, limiting him to 10 games during his rookie campaign.
As Burrow attacked his rehab process head-on, he spent that time in Los Angeles. It was there that he and Rams left tackle Andrew Whitworth connected.
Whitworth, who finished his 2020 season also on a sour note in which he was sidelined for the second half of the season due to a sprained MCL and PCL, spent time alongside Burrow.
Dr. Neal ElAttrache performed the surgery on both Burrow and Whitworth, drawing a connection between the two players.
Burrow, in speaking with reporters on a video conference call, says Whitworth delivered an impact on him, growing into a friendship that they each cherish now.
“When I got hurt, I lived about 40 minutes from where he was living. And we were both (were) hurt at the same time, so I would go over to his house and watch the games on Sunday,” Burrow said. “We did that — I think I spent my birthday at his house and I also spent his birthday at his house. So that was kind of a cool thing that he did for me, reaching out to me and making the rehab process a little easier — being in California, away from a lot of people who were close to me.
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"He kind of took me in and we had some good times hanging out, watching football, and talking about the Bengals and LSU and all that. So he’s become a good friend.”
Burrow and Whitworth each share ties to LSU, the University they both played at prior to making their mark in the NFL.
A relationship that has brought the two players closer – overcoming severe injuries to get back for this season – either the young sensation or the proven veteran will hoist the Lombardi Trophy for their respective team in becoming Super Bowl LVI champions.
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