American Football Database
American Football Database
Arthur Whittington
No. 22, 21     
Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1955-09-04) September 4, 1955 (age 66)
Place of birth: Cuero, Texas
Career information
College: Southern Methodist University
NFL Draft: 1978 / Round: 7 / Pick: 176
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Oakland Raiders ( 1978 1981)
Career highlights and awards
Super Bowl championship XV)
Rushing yards     1,592
Receiving yards     764
Touchdowns     16
Stats at

Arthur Lee Whittington (born September 4, 1955) is a former American football running back. He played for five seasons for the Oakland Raiders and the Buffalo Bills, and from 1983-85 with the Oakland Invaders of the USFL.[1]


As a rookie in 1978, Whittington proved to be a valuable weapon in the Raiders backfield. He finished the year with 661 yards rushing and seven scores while recording 23 catches for 106 yards over nine starts. The next season, he started just seven games but ran for 397 yards and two touchdowns while recording 19 catches for 240 yards. By 1980, Whittington had developed a complementary role, running for just 299 yards and 3 TD in two starts but had 19 catches for 205 yards. His final year with Oakland, 1981, saw him start 2 games and run for 220 yards and one touchdown while recording 23 catches for 213 yards and 2 TD.

Along with being a serviceable running back, Whittington proved to be an adept kick returner. In 1978, he averaged 20.6 yards on 23 kick returns. In 1980, he averaged 18.7 yards on 21 returns including 1 TD. In 1981, he averaged 22.5 yards on 25 returns.

Whittington has five children. His two daughters Amber and Ashton are both YouTube personalities.