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Arthur Whittington
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Position:Running back
Personal information
Born:(1955-09-04)September 4, 1955
Cuero, Texas, U.S.
Died:April 22, 2024(2024-04-22) (aged 68)
Houston, Texas, U.S.
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight:185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High school:Cuero (TX)
NFL draft:1978 / Round: 7 / Pick: 176
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards:1,592
Rushing average:3.6
Total touchdowns:16
Player stats at PFR

Arthur Lee Whittington (September 4, 1955 – April 22, 2024) was an American professional football player who was a running back in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the SMU Mustangs. Selected in the seventh round of the 1978 NFL draft, Whittingham played in the NFL for five seasons with the Oakland Raiders and the Buffalo Bills. From 1983 to 1985, he played with the Oakland Invaders of the United States Football League (USFL).[1]


As a rookie in 1978, Whittington proved to be a valuable weapon in the Raiders backfield. He finished the year with 661 yards rushing and seven scores while recording 23 catches for 106 yards over nine starts. The next season, he started just seven games but ran for 397 yards and two touchdowns while recording 19 catches for 240 yards. By 1980, Whittington had developed a complementary role, running for just 299 yards and 3 TD in two starts but had 19 catches for 205 yards. His final year with Oakland, 1981, saw him start 2 games and run for 220 yards and one touchdown while recording 23 catches for 213 yards and 2 TD.

Along with being a serviceable running back, Whittington proved to be an adept kick returner. In 1978, he averaged 20.6 yards on 23 kick returns. In 1980, he averaged 18.7 yards on 21 returns including 1 TD. In 1981, he averaged 22.5 yards on 25 returns.

Personal life

Whittington had five children.[2] His two daughters Amber and Ashton are both YouTube personalities.[citation needed] He died in Houston on April 22, 2024, at the age of 68.[2]


  1. ^ " - Oakland Invaders". Archived from the original on 2012-04-20. Retrieved 2014-03-03.
  2. ^ a b Forman, Mike (April 22, 2024). "Former Cuero, Super Bowl champion running back Arthur Whittington dies at 68". Victoria Advocate. Retrieved April 24, 2024.