Whit was a rock at LSU, and he’s been a rock with the Bengals. His 102 career regular-season starts include 77 at tackle and 25 at guard, and he’s played in every game in six of his seven NFL seasons. He was the heart and soul of the LSU line from 2002-05, as the Tigers rose from the ranks of the mediocre, to capture the school’s first BCS Championship in 2004. Whitworth never missed a game or a practice due to injury, and closed career with the second-most starts (52) in NCAA Division I history.
That wasn’t the only positive to come out of his surgery. With Whitworth recovering, fifth-rounder Tanner Hawkinson and seventh-rounder Reid Fragel were given a wealth of snaps during OTAs, and hopefully that helps speed up the learning curve for the two rookies.
For everything Whitworth has done to help the Bengals rise from the basement of the NFL, to a respectable team that has made the playoffs three times during his 8-year career after just three appearances in the previous 30 years, hopefully he can experience the taste of a postseason victory for the first time this season.