Whitworth is in his 11th Bengals season, coming off a 2015 year that saw him named a first-teamer on prestigious Associated Press All-Pro team ... Team captain also was selected in initial vote for Pro Bowl ... In 2014, was named first-team All-Pro by Peter King’s Monday Morning QB and second-team All-Pro by AP ... His 162 Bengals games and 158 starts (including postseason) are most on the current roster.
Career transactions: Selected by Cincinnati in second round of 2006 NFL Draft (55th overall) ... Signed with Bengals on 7-29-06 ... Signed contract extension with Bengals on 7-27-08 ... Signed contract extension with Bengals on 8-31-11 ... Signed contract extension with Bengals on 9-23-15.
2016 highlights: Started at LOT in Games 1-4 ... Contributed to offensive line unit that helped Andy Dalton throw consecutive games of 366 yards on Sept. 11 at N.Y. Jets and Sept. 18 at Pittsburgh ... Blocked for rushing attack that totaled 143 net yards on Sept. 25 vs. Denver ... Helped offense control possession for 38:02 on Sept. 29 vs. Miami.
Previous seasons: 2006—Veterans’ injuries opened the door for rookie to make 12 starts among his 16 games played ... Made 10 of his 12 starts at LOT, replacing Levi Jones ... Made first pro start in his second game, Sept. 17 vs. Cleveland, opening at LG. 2007—Played 1041 of team’s 1047 offensive snaps (99.4 percent) as Bengals set club record for fewest sacks allowed (17) ... Started at LOT in Games 1-3 and at LG in Games 4-16. 2008—Started Games 1-10 at LG, but suffered season-ending ankle injury Game 10 vs. Philadelphia. 2009—Voted by teammates as a team captain ... Helped team to season record of eight games with a 100-yard rusher, including individual club mark of six by Cedric Benson ... On Oct. 11 at Baltimore, helped Benson (27-for-120) become first player in 40 games to rush for 100 yards against Baltimore ... Supported Benson’s career-high 189 rushing yards Oct. 25 vs. Chicago, while also aiding a sack-free performance up front ... Supported Benson for Bengals postseason-record 169 rushing yards in Wild Card playoff on 1-9-10 vs. N.Y. Jets. 2010—Started all 16 games at LOT ... Helped Cincinnati offense rank second in AFC and sixth in NFL in fewest sacks allowed per passing play (one every 22.07 passing plays). 2011—Started at LOT in every game, including Wild Card playoff, as Bengals defied forecasts of a losing season ... Credited with major leadership role in helping keep together during long lockout that preceded training camp. 2012—Helped HB BenJarvus Green-Ellis post NFL-leading 14 conversions on third-and-one rushing plays, with only one failure to convert ... Part of run-blocking effort for Green-Ellis to gain at least 100 yards four times in a five-game stretch, only second instance of a Bengals back getting four 100-yarders in five games. 2013—Started 14 games (Games 2-8 and 10-16) ... Started at LOT for Games 2-8 and 10-12 ... Switched to LG early in Game 12, as part of a line shuffle to replace injured LG Clint Boling, and started at LG in Games 13-16 and in Wild Card playoff ... Missed all four preseason games and season opener due to rehab from offseason knee surgery ... Missed Game 9 due to knee strain ... Supported rushing totals of 164 and 155 yards in his first two games at LG, Dec. 1 at San Diego and Dec. 8 vs. Indianapolis ... Contributed to pass protection Oct. 27 vs. N.Y. Jets allowing only one sack as Andy Dalton threw career-best five TD passes ... Aided 439-yard offensive output in Wild Card playoff on 1-5-14 vs. San Diego. 2014—Started Games 1-16 and Wild Card playoff at LOT ... Named first-team All-Pro by Peter King’s Monday Morning QB and second-team All-Pro by Associated Press ... Part of protection that allowed no sacks in Game 1-3 for first time in franchise history ... Helped lead ’14 pass protection that had Bengals ranked third in NFL in fewest sacks allowed (23) and least sack yardage allowed (130), and supported rushing attack that ranked sixth in league (134.2 yards per game) ... Helped power the way for three one-yard TD runs in goal line situations on Oct. 26 vs. Baltimore, including game winning TD by Andy Dalton on fourth-and-one play late in fourth quarter ... On Nov. 16 at New Orleans, supported protection allowing only one sack for one yard as Andy Dalton posted 143.9 passer rating (his career best at the time), and helped pave way for 186 rushing yards ... Helped power offense to 244 rushing yards on Dec. 14 at Cleveland, highest rushing yardage total for the Bengals since Nov. 28, 2004 vs. Cleveland (253 yards) ... In playoff-clinching win Dec. 22 vs. Denver, helped pave way for 207 rushing yards and was part of pass protection that allowed no sacks. 2015—Started at LOT in Games 1-16 and in Wild Card playoff ... Supported second straight sack-free game Sept. 20 vs. San Diego, with 175-yard rushing output ... Led pass protection that helped QB Andy Dalton pass for a career-high 383 yards on Sept. 27 at Baltimore ... On Oct. 4 vs. Kansas City, helped team allow no sacks and helped Bengals post first game in franchise history with more than 300 net passing yards (321) and four rushing TDs ... In 27-24 OT win Oct. 11 vs. Seattle, helped lead rally from 24-7 fourth-quarter deficit as Bengals became first team since Week 15 of 2010 to win after trailing by 17 or more in final period ... On Nov 5 vs. Cleveland, helped Dalton post 139.8 passer rating, with three TDs and no INTs ... Supported season-high Dalton passer rating (146.8) on Dec. 6 at Cleveland ... On Dec. 20 at San Francisco, supported 115.6 passer rating for AJ McCarron in QB’s NFL starting debut.
He scores: Whitworth had his only career pass reception on 12-12-10 at Pittsburgh — a one-yard TD after lining up as an eligible receiver. He became the first Bengals offensive lineman to score a TD since OT Melvin Tuten vs. Jacksonville in 1995, and no Bengals OL has scored a TD since.
Pro Bowl participation: Has played in two Pro Bowls ... In 2012 season, played for AFC at Honolulu, added as first alternate ... In 2015 season, selected in initial voting and started for victorious Team Irvin at Honolulu.
College: A pillar of the LSU line from 2002-05, Whitworth never missed a game or a practice due to injury ... Closed career with the second-most starts (52) in NCAA Division I annals ... Played primarily LOT and was credited with no sacks allowed as a senior and only one as a junior ... Earned All-SEC first-team honors as both a junior and senior, including consensus nod as a senior ... Started every game as a sophomore in 2003 as LSU won BCS national championship with 13-1 mark ... Spent five years at LSU, including 2001 redshirt.
Personal: Hometown is West Monroe, La. ... Led West Monroe High School to three Class 5A state football titles, as a freshman, sophomore and senior ... Graduated from LSU in December 2005 with degree in general studies ... Former junior tennis champion in Louisiana, and is also an excellent golfer ... Married (wife Melissa), with three children (twins Sarah and Drew, and Michael), and a fourth child due during the 2014 season ... A Bengals leader in community service, working through his BigWhit 77 Foundation ... Hosts a fund-raising golf tournament in Louisiana, and enjoys serving as a motivational speaker to youth groups, and is known for having personally reached out to families in need.
OT Andrew Whitworth visits the students at Frederick Douglas Elementary School to share the importance of education as part of the MLCF's Learning Is Cool program.