Many professional athletes take their jersey numbers very seriously. It doesn’t matter if you’re an NBA, MLB or NFL player, more often than not you have a particular jersey number for a reason.
Maybe it’s your favorite number or maybe the number holds a special place in your heart. Whatever the case, we see players exchanging luxuries like high-priced watches at even at times luxury cars in exchange for a desired digit. Hell, we’ve even seen significant amounts of cash dropped to secure a number.
But what happens if you’re a career backup quarterback and don’t have the type of cash to buy a number? You challenge the current owner of your jersey number to an arm-wrestling match.
Whitehurst, who has spent time with the San Diego Chargers and Seattle Seahawks has always worn the number and in attempt to do so in Tennessee, he and Kern decided to go arm vs. arm with the winner claiming victory to the number.
Unfortunately for Whitehurst, his quarterback arm strength wasn’t of much help, despite a three-inch and 12 pound advantage over Kern who came away victorious.
Disappointed, Whitehurst posted a photo of his new jersey on Instagram with a caption stating he lost the uniform number and will now wear #12.
Even worse? Losing an arm wrestling match to the punter. I mean, a kicking contest? Sure. But arm wrestling? And you’re a quarterback? That’s like losing a sprinting match to the trainer equipped in all his gear.