Andrew Whitworth: I would quit before playing for NFL team in London

Andrew-Whitworth-BengalsThe NFL is still hoping to some day have a franchise in London. If that wasn’t the goal, the league would not be so committed to holding games in England on an annual basis. This season, two games will be played overseas. And Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth is not happy about it.

When discussing the possibility of a permanent NFL team in London, Whitworth made it clear that he would never agree to be a part of something like that.

“I would hope that I was financially able to quit,” he told the Cincinnati Enquirer on Thursday. “That’s what I would hope because if I was my papers would be the first one in.”

Fortunately, at least one NFL owner doesn’t see it ever happening. Whitworth, who also happens to be the NFLPA team representative for the Bengals, said there are a lot of players who feel the same way he does.

“I don’t see that a lot of guys would want to do that,” he said. “I don’t see any players that would enjoy that. Sure, you may find a handful of guys that say, ‘Oh hey, that’d be cool,’ but the rest of them wouldn’t.”

While Whitworth is the first player to offer such a forward take on the subject, I’m sure a ton of players would agree. Relocating from one city in the US when you have a family and network of friends can be difficult enough, let alone moving to an entirely new country. However, the 31-year old took it a step further, even saying that he would hate playing one game in London.

“I would hate it, but it is what it is,” Whitworth said. “But, one time it’s not fun but you got to do what you got to do. But I wouldn’t enjoy that, either.”

Traveling to Europe for a game in the middle of a season certainly isn’t ideal, but plenty of coaches and players have already had to do it. The Bengals have been fortunate enough that they have not been selected yet, but their day could come. Hopefully Whitworth cooperates and decides to board the plane if that day ever arrives.

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Bengals OL Andrew Whitworth calls Raiders cowards for fight

Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth described most of the Oakland Raiders as cowards a few days after being involved in an on-field fight with them that led to three ejections.

Whitworth jumped in to defend quarterback Andy Dalton, who was slammed to the ground by Raiders DE Lamarr Houston after a whistle had already blown in the fourth quarter. Whitworth, Houston, and Raiders DL Tommy Kelly were ejected for their roles in the fight.

On Wednesday, Whitworth reportedly had marks under his eye and called the Raiders cowards for their cheap shots and attempted eye gouging..

“I thought it was pretty cowardly. Those guys know who they are. It doesn’t shock me,” Whitworth said, via the Cincinnati Enquirer. “You’ve got guys that want to make names for themselves and can’t, and then they get frustrated. It’s their opportunity to do something they feel and be tough, but that ain’t tough. Face-to-face is tough. Most of those guys, they are what they are — they’re cowards. And if they really wanted to have an issue with you, they’d address you. But they obviously don’t.”

Whitworth did not regret entering the fight, saying after the game he had a contract to protect his quarterback.

If we’re basing things on the scoreboard, then the Bengals beat the Raiders on both fronts. They won 34-10.

John Henderson and Andrew Whitworth Double-Ejection for Fighting, Eye Gouging

John Henderson is easily one of the scariest players in the NFL. In fact, if I were to wind up in a dark alley, he might be the last person I’d want to run into. The guy has the most insane pre-game ritual I’ve ever seen and he’s ridiculously amped up for these games. Perhaps it’s no wonder why he got ejected for fighting with Andrew Whitworth of the Bengals on Sunday, and not just fighting — eye gouging too! You can see a few parts of the fight in this video (Henderson’s the 6’7″ guy in the middle wearing number 98):

Whitworth gave his account of the events that got him ejected:

“As he was falling, he was ripping at my helmet. Next thing I know, I have two fingers in my eyeballs. Either I’m going to get fined or this guy is going to potentially ruin my career.

I don’t need to remind you about how sensitive eye injuries can be. And you hear that stuff about the Browns trying to gouge Willis McGahee’s eyes earlier in the year? What’s up with people getting so savage?