INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 16, 2015) – The genesis of the nickname is uncertain, but Charlie Whitehurst’s appreciation of it is clear.
Does he like the nickname ‘Clipboard Jesus’?
“No,” Whitehurst said Monday as he began to settle in as a member of the Indianapolis Colts. “I wonder who said it first. I’m really curious.”
Normally, a player is at least casually aware of who attached a catchy handle to him.
The reason for the catchy moniker is, well, obvious: Whitehurst has a Jesus-like appearance with his long brown hair and facial hair. The clipboard part? He’s viewed primarily as a backup QB even though he’s started nine of 21 career games since being selected in the third round of the 2006 draft by the San Diego Chargers.
When did Whitehurst first catch wind of his nickname?
“Gosh, years ago,” he said. “I want to say in Seattle. I’ve had long hair a long time.”
“It sticks. I can’t shake it. What are you going to do about it?” said Whitehurst.
Perhaps the nickname would vanish if Whitehurst trimmed his locks.
“Not going to happen,” he said.
Curiously, a segment of Peter King’s “Monday Morning Quarterback” on SI.com mentioned the Whitehurst-to-the-Colts transaction. The team claimed him off waivers from Tennessee last week.
This marks the second time Matt Hasselbeck, who will start in place of injured starter Andrew Luck, and Whitehurst have been teammates. The first came in 2010. Hasselbeck was the Seahawks’ starting QB, and the team acquired Whitehurst in a trade with San Diego at the cost of a third-round draft pick. Seattle then signed him to a two-year, $8 million contract.
According to the SI.com article, Hasselbeck invited Whitehurst over to share dinner with his family, including daughters Annabelle and Mallory and son Henry. Annabelle apparently noticed how much Whitehurst – long brown hair, dark brown mustache and beard – looked like Jesus Christ.
The dinner reportedly began without the Hasselbecks saying the traditional grace.
Afterward, according to the SI.com note, Annabelle said to her father: “Daddy, we didn’t have to say grace. We just ate with Jesus.’’’
Whitehurst described the one-year with Hasselbeck in Seattle as a “fun, interesting year. We won the division and won a playoff game.”
“It’s kind of crazy,” he said. “Never thought I’d be on the same team with him again, but here we are.”