KC Chiefs’ Tershawn Wharton Week 6 interception airs on ESPN


Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Tershawn Wharton holds up the football after securing an interception against the Washington Football Team Sunday afternoon in Landover, Md.


Second-year defensive lineman Tershawn Wharton was still awestruck Wednesday by his fourth-quarter interception during the Chiefs’ 31-13 win over the Washington Football Team.

The play was so good that it made SportsCenter Top 10.

“It’s probably something that will never be seen or done again, “ Wharton said. “But, I mean, it’s always good to get one in and make a place in the Top 10.”

How the Missouri S&T product made the play Sunday commanded the spotlight.

Washington quarterback Taylor Heinicke dropped back to pass and looked for his running back on the right side of the field. Wharton diagnosed the play and put himself in position for what he thought would be an easy knockdown of the ball.

But fate stepped in, enabling Wharton to do much more than that. Instead of swatting down the pass, Wharton managed to pin the ball against the back of Washington right tackle Cornelius Lucas’ helmet to secure the first pick of his career.

“When I saw it coming, I was really trying to swipe it down, but he (Heinicke) didn’t really put that much heat on the ball,” Wharton said. “So when I hit it, I realized I really had it.

“I just put it on his head; once I got two hands on it, I wasn’t letting it go.”

And the rest as they say, is history.

At first, Wharton didn’t get a chance to see the replays of his interception on ESPN, but he heard about it from family members on the flight home to KC.

When he was finally able to watch it for himself, he couldn’t help but smile.

“I had to go look it up,” Wharton said. “When I looked it up, it was just crazy, seeing your name up there and your jersey number.

“Like, it was something you always imagined.”

This story was originally published October 20, 2021 1:37 PM.

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