During an NFLPA conference call on Friday to discuss the challenges of playing an NFL season during the coronavirus pandemic, Rams star left tackle Andrew Whitworth revealed some sobering reality of the situation: His entire family tested positive for the virus.
Rams OT Andrew Whitworth joins NFLPA call, tells reporters he had a family member who went out to lunch with a friend, contracted coronavirus, and soon after Whitworth, his wife and kids and his wife's mother and father all caught it. "All it takes is one exposure."— Dan Graziano (@DanGrazianoESPN) July 17, 2020
Whitworth, 38, and his wife, Melissa, have four children. Whitworth said his father-in-law was hospitalized with the virus, but he is now home.
Rams LT Andrew Whitworth says on PFWA call that he, his wife, his children and his in-laws all tested positive for COVID this summer. His father-in-law was hospitalized (is now at home).— Jourdan Rodrigue (@JourdanRodrigue) July 17, 2020
Whitworth made a point of saying “all it takes is one exposure” on the conference call. He knows how quickly the coronavirus can spread and surely his fellow players will use his story as a cautionary tale while they navigate through these uncertain times.
Whitworth is the second known current Rams’ player to test positive for the coronavirus. Fellow offensive lineman Brian Allen was the first known current NFL player to test positive for the virus, in the spring.
I guess the cats outta the bag... yes, ALL the Whitworth’s tested positive for covid + my parents about a month ago. Dad had a really hard time but is slowly getting back on his feet. Begging everyone to take this virus seriously. Wear masks. Protect your loved ones & others— Melissa Whitworth (@mrs_whit77) July 17, 2020