About that Charlie Whitehurst arm-wrestling story...It never happened

Former Clemson quarterback says he learned a lesson from his social-media joke

Tennessee Titans quarterback Charlie Whitehurst passes during NFL football minicamp on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Tennessee Titans quarterback Charlie Whitehurst passes during NFL football minicamp on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

About that Charlie Whitehurst arm-wrestling story.

It never actually happened.

As a result, the former Clemson quarterback discovered the harsh reality of our new social media-driven world.

Whitehurst 'fessed up this week during an interview with the Tennessean.

He said he wasn't expecting to 'go viral' when he jokingly posted on instagram that he has lost his jersey number - 6 - in an arm-wrestling contest with Tennessee Titans punter Brett Kern.

"That was kind of my first real experience with that whole … Twitter stuff," Whilehurst told the Tennessean. "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."

Whitehurst admitted Monday that the arm-wrestling contest never happened.

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

Whitehurst says he no problem with his jersey number change. He'll wear No. 12 for the Titans.

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