LOS ANGELES (BVM) – University of Southern California offensive lineman Andrew Vorhees won a lot of fans over the weekend with his performance at the NFL Combine. While his numbers may not jump off the page, it is the story around them that inspired many.
During offensive line drills on Sunday, Vorhees reportedly tore his ACL, putting the lineman’s draft stock in flux. But Vorhees showed his toughness when he arrived at the combine the next day and repped 225 pounds on the bench press 38 times, the most of any prospect at the event this year.
USC OL Andrew Vorhees, a top-100 prospect in the 2023 NFL Draft, is feared to have suffered a torn ACL during drills at the combine Sunday, per source.
Somehow, Vorhees still did the bench press this morning – and pumped out 38 reps of 225 pounds with one leg on the ground. 😳 pic.twitter.com/I9V414HOpv
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 6, 2023
Based on his response to the effort, Vorhees had no doubt that he was going to finish his combine weekend.
“You either run from things or face them,” Vorhees tweeted on Tuesday. He also posted photos of his combine performance on his Instagram with the caption, “No matter how much it hurts, how dark it gets, or how far you fall, you are never out of the fight.”
You either run from things or face them. https://t.co/KzEd5s7zMG
— Andrew Vorhees (@Andrew_Vorhees) March 7, 2023
While Vorhees may have gained followers through his toughness, he’s sure to gain more once fans read more into his story. Vorhees not only loves football, but he loves food – a lot. Stories of his appetite and love for restaurants have permeated throughout the USC locker room and have almost become a thing of legend.
“The offensive line back at USC and I would go out often,” Vorhees said at the combine. “We would kind of make our rounds, we called them food tours, and just go place-to-place-to-place and kind of get a little bit at every spot.”
USC center Justin Dedich said it would go further than that.
“We do these things called food tours as O-linemen, they’re sick,” Dedich said on the Momentum podcast. “So Brett [Neilon] and Vorhees and I and Jonah [Monheim] would start out at one spot like Prince Street Pizza and just go there and get four or five slices. Then we’d look at the corner, it’s Wurstkuche so we’d go there to get our own hot dogs, beers and french fries. Then we’d be like there’s Salt and Straw. This isn’t the end, this is the beginning.”
“It was ridiculous, I never felt sicker than going out with these dudes,” Dietrich admitted. “We probably ended up doing it five times over the summer. I remember Vorhees would top it off with six street tacos from Avenue Street Tacos. That dude can eat.”
. @Andrew_Vorhees is on another level
One of the top lineman in the NFL Draft and also a food critic? pic.twitter.com/ibp0HYV9Oe
— Momentum (@momentumpod) February 20, 2023
With Vorhees measuring in at 6-foot-6 and 310 pounds at the combine, his appetite is not incredibly shocking. But his passion for food goes deeper than that. Vorhees admits to having more than 900 Los Angeles restaurants pinned on his Apple Maps app, showing his love for good meals.
“I enjoy eating as an offensive lineman, I enjoy going out to eat with fellow offensive linemen,” Vorhees said at the combine. “On Apple Maps you have the ability to drop pins and stuff on places so it’s either places I’ve driven by that looked good or places I’ve been or thought were good or places I’ve read about or family members sent. It’s pretty exhaustive, the list, it’s living and breathing though so I’m always adding to it looking for that next spot.”
USC’s Andrew Vorhees explains his practice of dropping pins on Apple Maps to create a food map of the best places he’s eaten.
— Bailey Adams (@BaileyJAdams22) March 4, 2023
While his list has grown long, it didn’t start out that way. Initially, it was a way for him and his dad to connect to the city during visits to the campus.
“Coming down here, I grew up just three hours away from here, so USC and LA weren’t too far so I came down for pretty much every home game my senior year for unofficial visits with my dad,” Vorhees explained on Trojans Live. “And one of the things that we did really was try a lot of places coming down here. Just getting to experience new foods, new cuisines, new cultures.”
It’s not just eating at restaurants for Vorhees either. He is an avid griller, particularly partial to barbecues, and has shown off his skills a number of times on his Instagram. During the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, Vorhees even participated in a USC football cooking competition.
— USC Football ✌️ (@uscfb) May 24, 2020
Perhaps Vorhees someday has a future as a food critic, but for now, his primary focus is on impressing NFL decision-makers to select him in the upcoming NFL draft. With over 3,000 offensive snaps and starts all across the USC offensive line, it shouldn’t take much for Vorhees to leave his mark on coaches and scouts.
Complete warrior…played hurt the entire 2nd half of the season when most would have shut it down…whatever team drafts him will be getting an absolute dude in the trenches-@Andrew_Vorhees https://t.co/RFau3RFUmR
— Lincoln Riley (@LincolnRiley) March 6, 2023
If that isn’t enough, perhaps his show of incredible toughness at the combine will be.
— Andrew Vorhees (@Andrew_Vorhees) March 7, 2023