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  • Andrew Whitworth on first playoff victory: 'I'm trying to win a Super Bowl'

    By: Cameron DaSilva | 2 hours ago Follow @camdasilva

    Andrew Whitworth came into the league as a second-round pick in 2006. He started 12 games as a rookie and only missed eight games in 11 years with the Cincinnati Bengals. In that same span, he made it to three Pro Bowls, was a first-team All-Pro once, won three division titles and made it to the playoffs seven times.

    Needless to say, there was no lack of success or personal accolades for Whitworth in Cincinnati, but what he did leave the state of Ohio without was a playoff win. On Saturday night, after 13 years and an 0-7 postseason record with no divisional-round appearances, Whitworth captured that elusive first victory.

    It made for a special moment after L.A.ís 30-22 win over Dallas.

    Whitworth, 37, is the oldest offensive lineman in the league. Heís also 5 years older than his head coach, Sean McVay. Despite having 11 additional years of experience on McVay, the two captured their first postseason victories together on Saturday night.

    The big left tackle played a huge role in the win, too. He helped pave the way for the Ramsí 273 yards rushing, a franchise postseason record. He also kept Jared Goff clean all night with the quarterback getting hit only once and not sacked a single time.

    Whitworth will celebrate the win and NFC title game appearance, but he has bigger goals.

    ďItís great, but you know what, I feel like this team has potential for more than that,Ē he said after the game. ďSo itís a great feeling and Iím happy to have it, but I didnít try to get to the playoffs to just win a playoff game. Iím trying to win a Super Bowl. Thatís the only focus and now we are one step closer.Ē

    His son was as happy as anyone, it seems, celebrating with a few dance moves in the locker room afterward.

    Itís impossible not to root for someone like Whitworth, whoís the Ramsí nominee for the Walter Payton Man of the Year. Heís great on the field and even better off it.

  • #2
    Love his response. A great athlete is never satisfied and sees the bigger picture.

    Very happy for Whitworth- he's paid his dues and deserves this. A guy who's waited this long appreciates it that much more.


    • #3
      This guy was a clutch signing. not all FA's work out like this ( see Peters) but he is a gem. Loved seeing his kids all greet him after the game!


      • #4
        Originally posted by macrammer View Post
        This guy was a clutch signing. not all FA's work out like this ( see Peters) but he is a gem.
        Reminds me of Green Bay Free Agent Adam Timmerman Offensive Guard, who was an unsung but critical piece of the GSOT.


        • #5
          Originally posted by cowboyhater View Post

          Reminds me of Green Bay Free Agent Adam Timmerman Offensive Guard, who was an unsung but critical piece of the GSOT.
          The Donut Brothers!!!



          • #6
            Originally posted by cowboyhater View Post

            Reminds me of Green Bay Free Agent Adam Timmerman Offensive Guard, who was an unsung but critical piece of the GSOT.
            cbh, I have had the same thought all year. !!


            • #7
              Not to be confused with Green Bay Free Agent offensive lineman Scott Wells!


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