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.
Burrow attacked his rehabHe was able to tackle the process head-on and spent that time in Los Angeles. There he met Rams left tackle Andrew Whitworth.
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 both Burrow’s and Whitworth’s surgery, creating a connection between the two.
Burrow shared his thoughts with reporters via a video conference call and said that Whitworth had an impact on him. This led to a friendship that they both cherish.
“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 stated. “We did that — I think I spent my birthday at his house and I also spent his birthday at his house. It was cool that he reached out to me and made the effort. rehab process a little easier — being in California, away from a lot of people who were close to me.
“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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