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Charlie Whitehurst admits to faking arm-wrestling bet with punter

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

Charlie Whitehurst has gotten us good. (USATSI)
Charlie Whitehurst has gotten us good. (USATSI)

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Sounds like Charlie Whitehurst has made a fool of us.

A week ago, we wrote about the Instagram photo the Titans backup quarterback posted, which stated that he lost the No. 6 jersey he had worn in Seattle and San Diego to Tennessee punter Brett Kern and, thus, would have to wear No. 12 in 2014.


All of that was a hoax, Whitehurst says now. The arm-wrestling event never happened.

"It all happened so fast," Whitehurst said, via the Tennessean. "I don't remember what motivated me to do it, but I think it was kind of like, `Hey, this looks pretty good.' It was a 30-second thought. I didn't think anybody took me that serious."

But we did, and now, we know we've been had by that cad, Whitehurst. Our first clue should have been this: a player who relies on his arm for his job probably wouldn't risk having either of his arms wrenched in a jersey competition.

"That was kind of my first real experience with that whole … Twitter stuff," said Whitehurst. "Some of the guys later were telling me, `Hey, they're killing you on there.' I wasn't really paying much attention to it. But that's the first time I realized how modern media can happen."

So, nice job to Whitehurst, who fooled a whole bunch of us with his social media savvy (though it did give CBSSports.com's John Breech an opportunity to kill it with this piece about players who jersey-switch).

But Whitehurst now should focus on his next trick: figuring out a way to get some playing time this season.

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