Los Angeles Rams offensive tackle andrew whitworth finally reached the NFL mountaintop with the Super Bowl 56 victory over his former team, the Cincinnati Bengals, and now the 40-year-old is going out on top.

Whitworth announced his retirement from the NFL on Tuesday morning after 16 seasons:


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Whitworth spent the majority of his career with the Bengals, playing in Cincinnati for 11 seasons after entering the NFL in 2006 as a second-round pick. He was a consistent presence on the offensive line and ultimately blossomed into a Pro Bowler and All-Pro. He earned three Pro Bowl nods and All-Pro honors once with Cincinnati.

After those 11 seasons with the Bengals, Whitworth signed with the Rams in free agency in 2017. He then played the last five seasons of his career in Los Angeles, going to two Super Bowls and winning this past one. He was a Pro Bowler and an All-Pro in his first season with the franchise.

Whitworth appeared in 15 regular-season games for the Rams in 2021 and then played in three out of the four playoff games, including the Super Bowl. The 2021 season was a perfect capper to a lengthy career.

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The Rams made sure to thank Whitworth with several Twitter posts:

As noted, Whitworth also won the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award in his final season. It was a well-deserved honor, and now the longtime offensive lineman can go enjoy retirement as a champion.