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Bob Whitfield
No. 70     
Offensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1971-10-18) October 18, 1971 (age 48)
Place of birth: Carson, California
Career information
College: Stanford
NFL Draft: 1992 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Atlanta Falcons (19922003)
Career highlights and awards
* Pro Bowl (1998)
Games played     220
Games started     176
Fumble recoveries     5
Stats at NFL.com

Bob Lectress Whitfield III (born October 18, 1971) is a former American football offensive tackle in the National Football League.

Early careerEdit

Whitfield played high school football at Banning High School[1] in Wilmington, California, where he was teammates with Mark Tucker. He then played college football at Stanford University, where Dennis Green served as head coach. Whitfield won a starting position as a true freshman and following his junior season, he declared his eligibility in the NFL Draft.

Professional careerEdit

Whitfield was drafted in the first round (eighth overall) of the 1992 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons. He played for the Falcons from 1992–2003 before he was released by the team. He then played for the Jacksonville Jaguars for the 2004 season.

Whitfield started for the New York Giants at left tackle during the 2006 season filling in after starter Luke Petitgout went down with injury. His time as a starter was marked by two episodes of him losing his cool and drawing costly personal fouls, twice on headbutts in key spots against the Dallas Cowboys and later in a week 16 loss against the New Orleans Saints. These actions lead to him receiving the nickname "Head-butt Bob" from many Giant fans as well as local columnists.[2][3] Due to these actions and general inconsistent play, Whitfield was benched for the final game of the season against the Washington Redskins and the subsequent playoff game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

On February 12, 2007, he announced his retirement on Sirius NFL radio.[4]

Post-playing careerEdit

Whitfield is the founder and C.E.O. of Patchwerks, Inc., established in 1993, which operated PatchWerk Recording Studios in Atlanta, GA. Offering recording, production, mixing and mastering services, the studio has recorded and/or mixed more than 500 gold and platinum albums, including portions of OutKast's ATLiens, and Goodie Mob's Still Standing. The studio has also worked with the likes of T.I., Nelly, 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg, Missy Elliott, Beyoncé, 112, Busta Rhymes, TLC, Whitney Houston, Toni Braxton, Sting, Cher, Madonna, Annie Lennox, and many more. The studio was divested from the parent company in 2009 in order to focus investment in film and television.[5][6][7]

Whitfield also serves as a guest analyst for the UK's NFL Coverage on Sky Sports as well as contributing on local Atlanta television and radio.

On November 11, 2011, Whitfield was inducted into Stanford University's Hall of Fame[8][9] and in an interview, Whitfield admitted he was considering a return to his alma mater to complete his degree. Whitfield returned to Stanford in 2012 and received a degree in economics during a commencement ceremony held Father's Day with his kids present.[10]

Whitfield was married to The Real Housewives of Atlanta cast member Sheree Whitfield, but the couple divorced.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Rosenberg, I.J. (April 8, 2016). "Whatever happened to: Bob Whitfield". Cox Media Group. https://www.myajc.com/sports/football/whatever-happened-bob-whitfield/vFYqzBFP10Ax9psDnwRbxI/. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
  2. Schwartz, Paul (January 10, 2007). "SHOULD BE BETTER". New York Post. Archived from the original on October 11, 2008. https://web.archive.org/web/20081011020956/http://www.nypost.com/seven/01102007/sports/giants/should_be_better_giants_paul_schwartz.htm. Retrieved November 19, 2008.
  3. Vacchiano, Ralph (December 29, 2006). "Shockey & Seubert Won't Play Tomorrow". Daily News. Archived from the original on June 17, 2009. https://web.archive.org/web/20090617202334/http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/giants/2006/12/shockey-seubert-wont-play-tomo.html. Retrieved November 19, 2008.
  4. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 14, 2007. https://web.archive.org/web/20070214035430/http://www.nfl.com/teams/story/NYG/9994894. Retrieved February 14, 2007.
  5. "Keeping Those Hits Coming". nytimes.com. October 13, 2006. https://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/13/sports/football/13giants.html.
  6. "Patchwerk Recording Studios". patchwerk.com. April 19, 2011. Archived from the original on January 21, 2012. https://web.archive.org/web/20120121035120/http://www.patchwerk.com/companyinfo/index.html.
  7. "Client List". patchwerk.com. April 19, 2011. Archived from the original on October 19, 2011. https://web.archive.org/web/20111019142818/http://www.patchwerk.com/companyinfo/clientlist.html.
  8. Bob Whitfield - Stanford Hall of Fame Profile Stanford Football (November 3, 2011)
  9. Bob Whitfield Inducted Into Hall Of Fame StraightFromTheA (November 11, 2011)
  10. Bob Whitfield Graduates From Stanford University on Father's Day StraightFromTheA.com (June 18, 2013)
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