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July 28, 2014

Former Panthers lineman Travelle Wharton to retire

Former Carolina Panthers offensive linemen Travelle Wharton and Jordan Gross would head in to Bank of America Stadium most mornings during the season.

The two are heading out together, too.

Wharton, 33, will announce his retirement Tuesday during a news conference at Wofford, ending his career where it began 10 years ago after the Panthers drafted the former South Carolina standout in the third round of the 2004 draft.

Wharton is expected to join Gross, his longtime teammate and neighbor, as a co-host on Gross' weekly TV show on the Panthers' newly launched channel on Time Warner Cable.

Gross retired after 11 seasons in February and will serve as the sideline reporter during the Panthers' radio broadcasts.

Wharton did not want to comment ahead of Tuesday's announcement.

Wharton was a starter for the Panthers until 2012 when he signed with Cincinnati. He blew out his knee in the first preseason game that year and never played a regular-season game with the Bengals.

He returned to Carolina last year after the Panthers had a spate of injuries at guard, and started 12 games at left guard.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on July 28, 2014 at 09:38 AM | Permalink


Release the Kraken!!!

Posted by: The Kraken | Jul 28, 2014 10:09:22 AM

Thanks for your work Travelle. Go start your own place and make BBQ with Jordan. Also, make sure you have Silver Queen corn and homemade cole slaw. Some fresh beans and greens would be nice too. I will run it for you if you like. Call it maybe........Silver (as in Panther colors and the corn) and Black (as in smoked barbecue and also Panther colors). Not to mention an almost black and white thing. Go do it and have fun. Most folks can't imagine being an inside guard in the NFL for even one play, much less so many years. Hats off to ya brother.

Posted by: Chris | Jul 28, 2014 12:53:57 PM

You don't have to worry Chris. After Mr Rivera sees my combine video, it will make everyone forget about Travelle.

Posted by: John Downing | Jul 28, 2014 1:46:48 PM

Congrats on your retirement! You will be missed!

Posted by: VegetableLasagna | Jul 28, 2014 4:13:28 PM

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