Los Angeles Rams: Whitworth’s fourth Pro Bowl trip even more special

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Los Angeles Rams offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth was named NFC captain for the 2018 Pro Bowl.

When looking at how horrendous the offensive line was last year with protecting Jared Goff, the Los Angeles Rams entered the offseason with the intention of improving the unit to help get the best from the former California star. Turns out, the offensive line of the Rams ended up being much better than expected, and even drew recognition for being one of the best in the league, showing just how valuable the signing of Andrew Whitworth was in free agency.

Sean McVay and Los Angeles knew right away having an experienced veteran like Whitworth would make a major difference with the production from the offensive line, but the argument can be made that nobody expected them to be this good. All of a sudden, the Rams will enter the 2018 season considered to be one of the top teams to beat in the NFC, and assuming Whitworth picks up right where he left off, the offensive line could finish as one of the best again as well.

Thanks to his hard work and dedication, Whitworth was able to earn a trip to the 2018 Pro Bowl along with a few of his teammates like Aaron Donald and Todd Gurley. And while this happens to be Whitworth’s fourth trip to the Pro Bowl, it’s safe to say this will be his most memorable after the offensive tackle was named captain for the NFC.

Even if it’s only the Pro Bowl, this is still quite the honor for someone like Whitworth when looking at all of the other candidates on the NFC, as this just adds to the long list of reasons why the veteran has been so valuable to the Rams this season. Many wondered why Whitworth was willing to leave a team like the Cincinnati Bengals after all those years to join a team like Los Angeles coming off a disappointing year in which they only won four games, but clearly the decision paid off big time.

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Losing to the Atlanta Falcons in the Wild Card Round was frustrating to deal with, but for the first time in forever, the future appears to be bright for the Rams thanks to Whitworth and the rest of his teammates. And even though their season ended early, at least Los Angeles fans can enjoy some of their players one last time in Orlando during the Pro Bowl on Sunday before the offseason continues.