Los Angeles Rams left tackle and team captain Andrew Whitworth will be the first player to start at left tackle at the age of 40 in the history of the National Football League come Monday Night when LA takes on the Arizona Cardinals.
Drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2006 with the 55th pick Whitworth has been one of the best lineman in the league and a cornerstone of the Rams offensive line during the Sean McVay era.
To add perspective to Whitworth’s career, here is a recap of some of the players in his draft class:
Pick #1: Mario Williams DE
Coming out of North Carolina State, Williams played 11 years in the league and retired in 2016. He played six seasons for the Houston Texans, four seasons with the Buffalo Bills, and one season with the Miami Dolphins. He was selected to four Pro Bowls and was named All Pro once.
Pick #2: Reggie Bush RB
Having played at the University of Southern California, Bush played 11 years in the league and retired in 2016. He played his first five seasons with the New Orleans Saints and had played for five different teams before he was done.
Pick #3: Vince Young QB
Drafted from the University of Texas, Young played six seasons in the league and retired in 2011. He played for the Tennessee Titans his first five years under Jeff Fisher and was selected to the Pro Bowl twice.
Pick #55: Andrew Whitworth OL
After a college career at LSU, Whitworth played for the Cincinnati Bengals for the first 11 years of his career and then joined the Rams in 2017. He’s been selected to the Pro Bowl four times and was part of the 2018 NFC Champions that played in Super Bowl 53. This season, 2021, he remains the starting left tackle for the Rams and will be lined up against the division rival Arizona Cardinals on Monday Night Football.
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