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May 27, 2014

Travelle Wharton is not retired -- yet

Travelle Wharton hasn't officially announced his retirement yet, but the longtime Carolina Panthers offensive lineman continues to give every indication he's done playing.

Wharton, 33, who has played 10 NFL seasons, said on a Panthers podcast Tuesday an announcement will be made soon.

"I'm enjoying my family time right now," Wharton said. "I'm in a routine I've never been a part of before, picking up kids, dropping them off."

Wharton, who spent nine years with the Panthers, said he has continued to work out. He joked he hasn't lost as much weight as former Panthers left tackle Jordan Gross, who retired in February.

"He's lost so much weight, he looks like a different person," Wharton said, laughing.

Wharton and Gross are close friends and neighbors who carpooled to Bank of America Stadium during the season. The feeling around the organization has been Wharton and Gross would go out together, and Wharton did nothing to change that perception during his appearance in the Panthers' radio booth Tuesday.

"This has been a great run for me," he said. "Ten years in the NFL for a guy from Fountain Inn, South Carolina."

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on May 27, 2014 at 12:22 PM | Permalink


why are preseason games full price??

Posted by: tony clifton | May 27, 2014 2:25:24 PM

Sure would love to see him stick one more year and ease the transition to all the new faces on the line! Of course, I thought the same thing about Gross too...

Posted by: Matt Jones | May 27, 2014 3:12:24 PM

10 years is a long time in the NFL for anyone and more so for an OL.

Posted by: jason | May 27, 2014 3:23:28 PM

We would love for you to stay and use your veteran presence and skill to anchor the Oline, I think Wharton is best panther for LT position not gaurd

Posted by: Jarrod | May 27, 2014 3:43:33 PM

One more year Travelle! We need you!

Posted by: John | May 27, 2014 7:47:40 PM

John Downing you are to old and over weight to play OL..sorry dude

Posted by: Panthers#1fan | May 28, 2014 12:52:44 AM

@ tony clifton - Preseason games have always been full price in the NFL, for about the last 20 years..

Posted by: Panthers#1fan | May 28, 2014 12:54:09 AM

How did Jordan lose all that weight?

Posted by: Me | May 28, 2014 8:44:31 AM

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