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Andrew Whitworth becomes 12th starter in league history to defeat all 32 teams

LONDON –Season No. 14 isn't the only testament to Andrew Whitworth's enduring NFL career.

Three weeks after becoming the 22nd offensive lineman to reach 200 career starts, the Rams starting left tackle became the 12th starter and just the second offensive lineman in league history to defeat all 32 teams with Los Angeles' 24-10 win over Cincinnati on Sunday at Wembley Stadium.

"That's a cool stat, and unbelievable (for it) to happen against a team I was with for so long," Whitworth said. "It's one of those things that you're really proud of, and realize the longevity and success you've had in your career to be able to do it." 

Indeed, the accomplishment brought his career full-circle.

Before joining the Rams in 2017, Whitworth spent his first 11 seasons with the Bengals after Cincinnati drafted him into the NFL with the No. 55 overall pick in 2006.

He had the chance to catch up with several of those former teammates after Sunday's game. 

"A place that you put your heart and soul in for a long time," Whitworth said. "It was really special to go out there and get to play against them. A little bit at the beginning it was kind of surreal, and then as the game started playing, it felt like I was in training camp, playing against guys that I've been playing against forever, so it was good to see everybody."

For the former LSU standout, the occasion was even more memorable because his wife, Melissa, and their four children were able to be there, staying with him at the team hotel over the weekend. He said his family got to come down and meet him in the locker room after the game.

Significant as the career milestone is, though, it didn't serve as one of the reasons for bringing his family across the pond.

"No, not really," Whitworth said. "When this game came out, we knew it was going to be special. A lot of people may not understand, the day we signed with the Rams, we never went back, so actually we moved the family here (to Los Angeles). We haven't been back to Cincinnati. We look forward to that when I retire, but as of now, we haven't been back. So it was good for them. They were so excited when this game was on the schedule. But wherever it was, they wanted to be there." 

A four-time Pro Bowler and two-time First Team All-Pro, Whitworth's time in London both on and off the field made him appreciative of everything he's been able to do in nearly a decade and a half as a professional football player. 

"It's been great," Whitworth said. "The last three times I've done it, this is my third (time playing in London), I think I've enjoyed every moment every moment of it. The fans have been great. The trip's tough on you, but once you catch up on sleep, it's great. Especially at my point in my career, 14 years in, every experience I've gotten to have in the NFL is so cool, and this is one of those. It makes you remember how special this game is."

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