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The Importance of Andrew Whitworth can’t be overstated

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Nov 25, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Oakland Raiders defensive end Lamarr Houston (99) fights with Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth (77) after a roughing the passer penalty erupted into a brawl during the fourth quarter of the game at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Leifheit-USA TODAY Sports

During the November 25th 2012 game vs Oakland, Whitworth got in a skirmish with Oakland Raiders defensive end Lamarr Houston, in which both Whitworth and Houston were ejected. After the game, Whitworth was quoted as saying,

"“I’ve got two contracts in my life: One with my wife and the other to protect Andy Dalton.”"

Dalton was pleased and said he was glad he had his back.

Going forward, look for Andrew Whitworth to continue to develop and nurture young players into great men and great athletes. During this season of Hard Knocks, it shows Bengals rookie tight end Tyler Eifert staying with Whitworth and family. Taking players under his wing seems to be the norm for this vocal leader.

Make no mistake about it, there is little coincidence that this team has made the playoffs 3 of the 4 years since Whitworth moved to left tackle. They’ll need him back and healthy if they hope to do so again in 2013.