A 10th-year Bengals and NFL player for 2015, Whitworth in ’14 was named first-team All-Pro by Peter King’s Monday Morning QB and second-team All-Pro by Associated Press ... Has been key performer since rookie season, a strong performer on field and one of team’s most respected leaders ... Returned to primary position of LOT in 2014 after finishing ’13 at LG, as part of shuffle caused by line injuries ... 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) ... Was Pro Bowl selection at LOT in 2012 season ... His 141 Bengals starts (including postseason) were most on the roster at end of last season.
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.
Pro Bowl participation: Has played in one Pro Bowl, in 2012 season.
2014 highlights: Started Games 1-16 and Wild Card playoff at LOT ... Part of protection that allowed no sacks in Game 1-3 for first time in franchise history ... Helped pave way for 170 rushing yards Sept. 14 vs. Atlanta ... Supported protection on Sept. 21 vs. Tennessee which allowed no sacks of QB Andy Dalton for third consecutive 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 the fourth quarter ... Helped lead the way for 423 yards of offense, including 191 rushing, on Nov. 2 vs. Jacksonville ... On Nov. 16 at New Orleans, supported protection allowing only one sack for one yard as Andy Dalton posted career-best 143.9 passer rating, and helped pave way for 186 rushing yards ... On Nov. 23 at Houston, supported pass protection which allowed no sacks of Andy Dalton, while offense put up 372 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). ... On Dec. 22 vs. Denver, helped pave way for 207 rushing yards and was part of pass protection that allowed no sacks.
He scores: Whitworth had his only career reception on 12-12-10 at Pittsburgh — a one-yard TD after lining up as an eligible receiver. His score gave Cincinnati a 7-0 first-quarter lead. He became the first Bengals offensive lineman to score a TD since OT Melvin Tuten vs. Jacksonville in 1995 (also a reception), and no Bengals OL has scored a TD since.
More from 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, replacing injured Levi Jones ... When injured ROT Willie Anderson left the starting lineup in Game 4, LG Stacy Andrews replaced Anderson, and Whitworth replaced Andrews at LG, starting Games 4-16. 2008—Started Games 1-10 at LG, but suffered ankle injury in third quarter of Game 10, Nov. 16 vs. Philadelphia ... Placed on Reserve/Injured list on Nov. 28. 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 limit Ravens to one sack while helping 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 ... On Oct. 16 vs. Indianapolis, supported pass-protection effort that held Colts for the first time on the season without a sack, playing primarily against standout DE Dwight Freeney. 2012—Voted first alternate for Pro Bowl, and named to AFC squad as injury replacement ... Helped HB BenJarvus Green-Ellis post NFL lead of one (14-13) over Houston’s Arian Foster in third-and-one rushing conversions ... Part of run-blocking effort for Green-Ellis to gain at least 100 yards four times in a five-game stretch (Games 10-12 and 14), only second instance of a Bengals back getting four 100-yarders in five games ... Team averaged 168.2 rushing yards over the 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 ... Had key downfield blocks Oct. 13 at Buffalo on 42-yard receiving gain by Marvin Jones and 54-yard gain by A.J. Green ... Contributed to pass protection Oct. 27 vs. N.Y. Jets allowing only one sack as Andy Dalton threw career-best five TD passes ... On Dec. 22 vs. Minnesota, helped offense to 429 yards as Dalton posted 136.5 passer rating ... Aided 439-yard offensive output in Wild Card playoff on 1-5-14 vs. San Diego.
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.