By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer
Andrew Whitworth has shut’em down for now. The Los Angeles Rams’ 40-year-old left tackle announced his retirement this week, ending a 16-year NFL career that he capped with a Super Bowl victory against his former team.
Whitworth’s career includes four Pro Bowl selections (2012, 2015-17) and two first-team All-Pro selections (2015 and 2017). According to Elias Sports Bureau research, he became the only player to start at left tackle in an NFL game at 40 years old after turning that age in December.
Whitworth started 71 games in his five season’s with the RAMS and ranked second in ESPN’s pass block win rate among offensive tackles.
He was named the 2021 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year. What away to go out.
A second-round pick out of LSU in 2006, Whitworth started 168 games for the Bengals over his 11 seasons in Cincinnati.
“I gave my heart and soul to that place. I know we made a lot of differences in that community. I know that we created a culture that was about winning. We may not have found a way to win a playoff game or win a championship, but we won a lot of freakin’ games and we won a bunch of division championships, and I’m proud of those moments. I had some unbelievable teammates and coaches in that time,” Whitworth said of his time with the Bengals.
“And then when I look at my time here with the Rams, it’s no different … I feel great about my time here and what I’ve done. But I’m somebody, if you know me well enough, I’m always chasing something. I just felt like right now, I felt like I’m at a time in my life where maybe chasing the best dad I can be, the best husband, best friend are things to me that are important to me.”