In one of the more surprisingly recent news, the Cincinnati Bengals may actually have a guy going to the Pro Bowl this year. Sure, you say. Terrell Owens is a natural selection, ranking in the top five with receptions, yards receiving and touchdowns. All things considered, he'll probably go.
However, there's another Bengals player that's working it in the Fan Vote this year.
According to Geoff Hobson, the Bengals left tackle is the only Bengals player that's leading the fans' Pro Bowl balloting with more than 202,000 votes at tackle. According to Joe Reedy, Whitworth has a "31k vote lead on Baltimore's Michael Oher with two weeks left in balloting." And according to Josh Kirkendall, "this is totally awesome".
Whitworth, after a fantastic 2009 season, is easily the team's best offensive lineman having a solid year as a pass and rush blocker.
In a season where so much is unknown heading into the offseason, rest assured that Whitworth is here for the long haul. Before the 2008 season, the left tackle signed a four-year extension that will keep him here through 2013.