Andrew Whitworth sends love from Super Bowl to Cincinnati fans

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Posted at 7:46 PM, Feb 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-02 01:08:10-05

ATLANTA — Whether you're rooting for the Rams or the Patriots in the Super Bowl, Bengals fans are rooting for Andrew Whitworth.

The star tackle – and fan favorite in Cincinnati for 11 seasons - is finally getting his first shot at an NFL championship in his second season with the Rams.

Whitworth, as many of you know, is a giant of a man in more ways than one: A great family guy, a captain on the field and a leader in the locker room and in his community.

While preparing for Super Bowl LIII, Whitworth said he feels the love from Cincinnati this week and sent some back.

“I appreciate the love. I obviously love them and had a special time there for 11 years and that place means the world to me," Whitworth said.

"Obviously a ton of people have reached out and a lot of the Cincinnati community through media and everything has reached out and it's just an honor."

A pro since 2006, Whitworth has waited a long time – through eight playoff losses, seven in Cincinnati - to get to the Super Bowl. So has his wife, Melissa, and their four kids.

As more proof of his character, Whitworth was named the 2019 Alan Page Community Award recipient.

Whitworth donated one of his game checks to the victims of a mass shooting near his home in California -- and donated a jersey to be auctioned off benefitting the Red Cross after wildfires tore through California.