Former Gamecock, longtime Panther OL Wharton retires

nfl-wharton_travelle Former South Carolina standout and longtime Carolina Panthers offensive lineman Travelle Wharton had wrestled with the idea of retirement for a while, but in his heart he knew it was time.

On Tuesday at the Richardson Building at Wofford College, just a few miles down the highway from where he played youth, high school and college ball, Wharton said that he had played his last game, making the announcement in front of family, friends and former coaches and teammates.

At the site where nine of his NFL seasons began, Wharton brought his career to an end.

“It was an incredible journey,” Wharton said.

The recently-retired Jordan Gross, Wharton’s good friend and the man he played next to on Carolina’s offensive line for years, provided an introduction.

“When you look for a football player, you want somebody that’s tough and physical and smart and durable and can take a beating and dish one out as well,” Gross said. “The Panthers definitely got that when they drafted Travelle in 2004 in the third round.”

Wharton spent nine of his 10 years in the NFL with the Panthers (2004-11 and 2013). He signed with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2012 but suffered a season-ending knee injury in the preseason.

He played in 115 games with 111 starts, lining up primarily at left guard. Wharton is one of only 16 players to appear in 100 games for the Panthers and one of only eight to start 100 games. He was a road-grader in the run game, a dependable and productive force in the trenches.

For a kid from Fountain Inn, S.C., playing every game of his professional career for the Carolina Panthers was a dream almost too good to be true.

“I couldn’t have dreamed of a better situation,” Wharton said. “It doesn’t seem that long ago I was in Fountain Inn, and we hear that we have a professional football team.

“The whole region went crazy that we had one. Man, 10 years later, I am part of that team. I was able to represent home. Not only was I able to represent my family with my name on the back of my jersey, but I was able to represent where I’m from across the front. That meant a lot. Got a lot of ticket requests, but it meant a lot.”

Wharton then looked to his left at Panthers Owner / Founder Jerry Richardson.

“Mr. Richardson and family, thank you for your vision of bringing a first-class organization to the Carolinas,” Wharton said. “I’ll always cherish it. It’s been great.”

Like Gross, Wharton won’t be far removed from Panthers football.

The pair is set to co-host a talk show on the Panthers Television Network on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel. Additionally, Wharton and former Panther Kevin Donnally will host the network’s postgame show on Sundays.

“It’s bittersweet hanging them up, but I’m just seeing the game from a different angle now,” Wharton said. “It’s time for the next chapter.”

Photo courtesy of Carolina Panthers

Comments

comments

Hoops: Unbeaten Conway secures sweep of Wilson

Hoops: Unbeaten Conway secures sweep of WilsonThe Conway High boys basketball team proved that last month's [more]

All-County XC: CF's Mohr, NMB's Spickler lead pack

All-County XC: CF's Mohr, NMB's Spickler lead packRunning is more than a hobby for Michael Mohr; it’s [more]

Hoops: Saints fall despite double-double from Green

Hoops: Saints fall despite double-double from GreenThe Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach boys basketball team suffered [more]

Change is name of game for North-South All-Stars

Change is name of game for North-South All-Stars The wholesale changes to the 2018 South Carolina football season [more]

Hoops: Tigers, Sharks post big wins over county rivals

Hoops: Tigers, Sharks post big wins over county rivalsThe Conway High boys remained undefeated on the season with [more]

Chants on break for finals week after loss to Terriers

Chants on break for finals week after loss to TerriersSophomore Tre Brown had a career and team-high 24 points, [more]

CAC swimmers post hot times at Snowflake Invite

CAC swimmers post hot times at Snowflake InviteThe Coastal Aquatic Club (CAC) spent the weekend in Rock [more]

Knox's triple-double lifts Seahawks past Panthers

Knox's triple-double lifts Seahawks past Panthers Myrtle Beach High sophomore Emorie Knox hit a major milestone [more]

CAC's Steele captures gold at Winter Junior Nationals

CAC's Steele captures gold at Winter Junior NationalsCarolina Forest senior and Coastal Aquatic Club standout Taylor Steele [more]

SEAHAWKS STORM PAST GREER FOR STATE TITLE

SEAHAWKS STORM PAST GREER FOR STATE TITLE Over the summer, the Myrtle Beach players were gathered inside [more]

Green Sea Floyds captures first state championship

Green Sea Floyds captures first state championshipFacing fourth down and a sneaker, Green Sea Floyds coach [more]

Hoops: Sharks beat buzzer, Warriors on late foul shots

Hoops: Sharks beat buzzer, Warriors on late foul shotsThe St. James High boys basketball team won a thriller [more]

Schools send football team to state with Seahawk Walk

Schools send football team to state with Seahawk WalkThe Myrtle Beach High football team received a hero's send-off [more]

Hoops: Myrtle Beach boys double up rival Socastee

Hoops: Myrtle Beach boys double up rival SocasteeThe Myrtle Beach High boys basketball team doubled up rival [more]

Seahawks' strange season takes a final twist to state

Seahawks' strange season takes a final twist to stateMickey Wilson has led his team to state championship games [more]

Hoops: NMB boys, CF girls fall short in comeback bids

Hoops: NMB boys, CF girls fall short in comeback bidsWhat appeared to be a pair of lopsided affairs turned [more]

MB's shot at state crown moved to Friday afternoon

MB's shot at state crown moved to Friday afternoonGame time has been moved up a day for the [more]

Socastee product Renfrow titled nation's top walk-on

Socastee product Renfrow titled nation's top walk-onThe Burlsworth Foundation announced Monday that wide receiver Hunter Renfrow [more]

Sun Belt puts 5 in bowls after inaugural title game

Sun Belt puts 5 in bowls after inaugural title gameAfter a thrilling 30-19 win by Appalachian State over Louisiana [more]

Gamecocks get close bowl trip to Charlotte vs. Cavs

Gamecocks get close bowl trip to Charlotte vs. CavsSouth Carolina football fans won't have to travel far to [more]

No. 2 Tigers in high Cotton for bowl game against Irish

No. 2 Tigers in high Cotton for bowl game against IrishThe College Football Playoff and the Goodyear Cotton Bowl announced [more]

Hoops: Conway wins; NMB gives female coach first win

Hoops: Conway wins; NMB gives female coach first winThe Conway High boys basketball team came down from its [more]

Seahawks flip the script on No. 1 Hartsville in rematch

Seahawks flip the script on No. 1 Hartsville in rematch Myrtle Beach exorcised its biggest demon from the 2018 regular [more]

Green Sea Floyds transitions from struggles to state final

Green Sea Floyds transitions from struggles to state finalAs the clock ticked toward zero, Josh Slobodiak searched for [more]

Chants go cold during key stretch, fall to Gamecocks

Chants go cold during key stretch, fall to GamecocksZac Cuthbertson recorded his fourth double-double of the season, but [more]

Hoops: Unbeaten Conway secures sweep of Wilson

Hoops: Unbeaten Conway secures sweep of WilsonThe Conway High boys basketball team proved that last month's [more]

All-County XC: CF's Mohr, NMB's Spickler lead pack

All-County XC: CF's Mohr, NMB's Spickler lead packRunning is more than a hobby for Michael Mohr; it’s [more]

Comments are closed.

© 2018 Grand Strand Sports Report · RSS
Myrtle Beach Web Design
Kayaking in Myrtle Beach