Whitworth will be replacing Denver Broncos tackle Ryan Clady, who has been irritated by a shoulder injury. He will be joining receiver A.J. Green, defensive lineman Geno Atkins, and tight end Jermaine Gresham as fellow Bengals playing in the Pro Bowl. It is the second straight year that Green, Atkins and Gresham have been honored.
This will mark the first that the LSU standout will be headed to Hawaii. Whitworth has been in the league for seven years, but wasn't moved to left tackle until 2009. Since then he has started 67 consecutive games at that position and has been a model of consistency for coach Marvin Lewis.
He is the first Bengals lineman to play in the NFL's All-Star game since tackle Willie Anderson went consecutively from 2003 to 2006. He's also the first left tackle to appear in the Pro Bowl since Hall of Famer Anthony Muñoz, who went 11 straight years from 1981 to 1991.
Muñoz's 11 appearances are the most by any Bengals player while receiver Chad Johnson and defensive back Lemar Parrish are second with six trips. A complete list of Bengals who have appeared in the Pro Bowl can be seen here.
The Pro Bowl will be played a week before the Super Bowl on Jan. 27, with a 7:00 P.M. kickoff.