Andrew Whitworth
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Whitworth with the Los Angeles Rams in 2018
No. 77
Position:Tackle
Personal information
Born: (1981-12-12) December 12, 1981 (age 40)
Monroe, Louisiana
Height:6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Weight:330 lb (150 kg)
Career information
High school:West Monroe
(West Monroe, Louisiana)
College:LSU (2001–2005)
NFL Draft:2006 / Round: 2 / Pick: 55
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:239
Games started:235
Fumbles recovered:8
Receiving yards:1
Receiving touchdowns:1
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Andrew James Whitworth[1] (born December 12, 1981) is a former American football tackle who played in the National Football League (NFL) for 16 seasons. He played college football at LSU, where he twice received first-team All-SEC honors, and was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the second round of the 2006 NFL Draft. During his 11 seasons with the Bengals, Whitworth was named to three Pro Bowls and one first-team All-Pro. Whitworth spent his last five seasons with the Los Angeles Rams, where he extended his Pro Bowl selections to four and his first-team All-Pro honors to two. He was also a member of the team that won a Super Bowl title in Super Bowl LVI, his final NFL game. Noted for the longevity of his career, he retired as the oldest tackle in NFL history and was the oldest offensive lineman to win a Super Bowl.[2]

Early years

A native of Monroe, Louisiana, Whitworth attended West Monroe High School in West Monroe, Louisiana, where he played high school football for the Rebels under coach Don Shows and graduated in 2001. He was a part of three Louisiana Class 5A State Championship teams in 1997, 1998, and 2000 when the school was listed by the National High School Football Tony Poll as national champions for the last two. He was also part of four straight district championship teams in one of the toughest districts in the state. Whitworth was rated by CNNSI.com as the sixth-best offensive line prospect in the nation. He was a tennis champion in Louisiana, and was also an excellent golfer. He participated in the first-ever U.S. Army All-American Bowl game on December 30, 2000, along with other future LSU players Marcus Spears, Marquise Hill, and Ben Wilkerson.

College career

Whitworth attended LSU from 2001 to 2005. Whitworth did not play in the 2001 season as he was redshirted. In 2002, he started as a redshirt freshman every game, and was recognized as a first-team Freshman All-American by The Sporting News and Football Writers Association. As a sophomore in 2003, he started in all fourteen games. The team went 13–1 en route to a BCS national title with a Sugar Bowl defeat of Oklahoma. He led the team with 1,008 snaps and credited with 105 key blocks, including 82 knockdowns. In 2004, Whitworth led the team with 799 snaps from scrimmage as the Tigers went 9–3 with a Citrus Bowl berth against Iowa. His play was key for an offense that scored 39 TDs and averaged 395.6 yards per game. He was credited with 96 key blocks, including 66 knockdowns, and played every offensive snap during a four-game stretch against Georgia, Florida, Troy, and Vanderbilt. Helping LSU to an 11–2 record, he played left tackle in 2005. That season was capped by a 40–3 Peach Bowl win over Miami (Fla.). He played every offensive snap in nine of the thirteen contests, for an offense that averaged 374.1 yards per game. By not allowing a sack all season, he finished his career with 22 straight games of no sacks allowed. He was credited with 104 key blocks/knockdowns. Whitworth played in the East–West Shrine Game on January 21, 2006 in San Antonio, Texas.

His 52 career starts from 2002–2005 rank second in NCAA Division I history behind Derrick Strait of Oklahoma (53 starts, 2000–2003). He earned All-Southeastern Conference first-team honors in each of his last two seasons, including a consensus nod as a senior.

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 7 in
(2.01 m)
334 lb
(151 kg)
35 in
(0.89 m)
10+18 in
(0.26 m)
5.17 s 1.79 s 2.98 s 4.83 s 8.23 s 30.5 in
(0.77 m)
9 ft 4 in
(2.84 m)
28 reps
All values from NFL Combine[3][4]

Cincinnati Bengals

Whitworth at Bengals training camp in 2012
Whitworth at Bengals training camp in 2012

Whitworth was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the second round (55th overall) in the 2006 NFL Draft. He made his NFL debut on special teams on September 10 against Kansas City. He started at left guard in the following week against the Cleveland Browns, as part of a line shuffle where left guard Eric Steinbach replaced injured Levi Jones at left tackle. Whitworth helped the Bengals pile up 481 yards against Browns, including 145 rushing yards by Rudi Johnson. He was in the starting lineup for Carson Palmer. He also had a key block on Rudi Johnson's seven-yard touchdown run in first quarter.

On July 25, 2008, Whitworth agreed in principle to a four-year extension worth a reported $30 million that would keep him in Cincinnati through 2013.[5] He was ejected from a preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars after getting into a fight with Jaguars defensive end John Henderson.

In 2009, head coach Marvin Lewis decided to move Whitworth from guard to left tackle and saw immediate impact. He started all sixteen games of the season, allowing just five sacks and helping running back Cedric Benson have a breakout year rushing for 1,251 yards. On December 12, 2010 Whitworth caught a one-yard touchdown pass from Carson Palmer against the Pittsburgh Steelers. It was the first of his career, and he was the first Bengals offensive lineman to catch a touchdown pass since 1995.[6]

He was ejected from a game against the Oakland Raiders after throwing a punch during a skirmish late in the game. He was subsequently fined $26,260 for the incident.

In January 2013, for the first time in his career, Whitworth was named a left tackle on the AFC Pro Bowl team.

During the 2014 season, Whitworth allowed zero sacks and only one hit on quarterback Andy Dalton. Due to his success, many pundits and experts have claimed that Whitworth was snubbed out of a second Pro Bowl berth,[7] however, he was named second-team AP NFL All-Pro.[8] He was voted as the 67th best player by his peers in the 2016 list.[9]

Whitworth signed a one-year contract extension with the Bengals on September 26, 2015.[10]

Los Angeles Rams

On March 9, 2017, Whitworth signed a three-year contract with the Los Angeles Rams.[11][12] In his first season with the Rams, Whitworth made it to his fourth Pro Bowl. He was ranked 87th by his peers on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2018.[13]

In 2018, Whitworth helped the Rams reach Super Bowl LIII after they defeated the Dallas Cowboys in the Divisional Round and New Orleans Saints in the NFC Championship Game. The Rams lost to the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl.

In the eighth week of the 2019 season, the Rams defeated the Bengals 24–10, giving Whitworth a victory over his former team. With that victory, Whitworth became only the 12th starter in league history to earn victories against all 32 NFL teams.

On April 1, 2020, Whitworth signed a three-year contract with the Rams.[14] On November 16, Whitworth was placed on injured reserve, as he was carted off the field after suffering a torn MCL and damaged PCL in a 23–16 home win over the Seattle Seahawks in Week 10.[15] He was placed on injured reserve the next day.[16] He was activated on January 7, 2021, before the team's playoff game.

Whitworth was named the 2021 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year at the 11th Annual NFL Honors.[17] Whitworth won his first Super Bowl in what would ultimately be his final game, after the Rams defeated his former team, the Cincinnati Bengals, 23–20 in Super Bowl LVI.[18]

On March 15, 2022, Whitworth announced his retirement after 16 seasons.[19]

NFL records

All took place at age 40.

Broadcasting career

After retiring in 2022, Whitworth joined Amazon’s Thursday Night Football crew as an analyst.[21]

Personal life

Whitworth and his wife, Melissa, have four children: twins Sarah and Drew, Michael, and Katherine. Melissa was the 2003 Miss Louisiana, an award-winning Louisiana reporter, and won Cincinnati's version of Dancing With the Stars.[citation needed]

Whitworth is active in the community through his BigWhit 77 Foundation. He hosts a fund-raising golf tournament in Louisiana and serves as a motivational speaker to youth groups in both Greater Cincinnati and in Louisiana.[6][22]

In March 2020, Whitworth donated $250,000 to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank during the 2019–20 COVID-19 pandemic.[23]

References

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  2. ^ "Donald savors 'moment,' noncommittal on future". ESPN.com. February 14, 2022. Retrieved February 20, 2022.
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  4. ^ "Andrew Whitworth, LSU, OT, 2006 NFL Draft Scout, NCAA College Football". draftscout.com. Retrieved November 7, 2021.
  5. ^ Priestle, Scott (July 30, 2008), "Bengals: Healthy line could be one of NFL's best", The Columbus Dispatch, archived from the original on July 23, 2012
  6. ^ a b "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on December 4, 2014. Retrieved September 16, 2014.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  8. ^ "2014 All-Pro Teams: Analysis of the full rosters". NFL.com. Retrieved February 20, 2022.
  9. ^ "'Top 100 Players of 2016': No. 67 Andrew Whitworth". NFL.com.
  10. ^ Patra, Kevin (September 26, 2015). "Bengals sign OT Andrew Whitworth to 1-year extension". NFL.com. Retrieved September 26, 2015.
  11. ^ Langer, Travis (March 9, 2017). "Rams Agree to Terms with Whitworth and Woods". TheRams.com. Archived from the original on March 12, 2017. Retrieved March 10, 2017.
  12. ^ Patra, Kevin (March 9, 2017). "Rams set to swipe Andrew Whitworth from Bengals". NFL.com.
  13. ^ "#87: Andrew Whitworth (OT, Rams) | Top 100 Players of 2018 | NFL". Retrieved February 20, 2022 – via YouTube.
  14. ^ Patra, Kevin (March 18, 2020). "Rams re-sign LT Andrew Whitworth to 3-year deal". NFL.com.
  15. ^ "Rams expect Andrew Whitworth to miss 6–8 weeks". Profootballtalk.nbcsports.com. November 17, 2020.
  16. ^ "Rams sign kicker Matt Gay, place three players on IR". TheRams.com. November 17, 2020.
  17. ^ Gordon, Grant (February 10, 2022). "Rams OT Andrew Whitworth named 2021 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year". NFL.com. Retrieved February 10, 2022.
  18. ^ "Los Angeles Rams win Super Bowl LVI". NFL. Retrieved February 13, 2022.
  19. ^ "Andrew Whitworth announces retirement from NFL". www.therams.com. Retrieved March 15, 2022.
  20. ^ "Donald savors 'moment,' noncommittal on future". ESPN.com. February 14, 2022. Retrieved February 20, 2022.
  21. ^ Amazon
  22. ^ "Big Whit at Learning is Cool in College Hill". Archived from the original on September 18, 2014. Retrieved September 16, 2014.
  23. ^ "The Los Angeles Rams And KABC To Host Te'LA'thon For Los Angeles". Lafoodbank.org. March 19, 2020. Retrieved April 23, 2020.