Hey Falcoholics, I’m back with another edition of The Falcoholic’s Throwback Thursday series. This weekly segment highlights a former Atlanta Falcons player and discusses their life and what they did for the franchise.
Whether you’ve been a fan since the inaugural season, or just became a fan recently, this series will give insight on players from the past. This week we will be focusing on offensive tackle Bob Whitfield.
Bob Lectress Whitfield III was born on October 18, 1971, in Carson, California. He attended Banning High School in Wilmington, where the offensive line his senior year included former NFL offensive lineman Mark Tucker. Whitfield took his talents to Palo Alto, where he played for Stanford head coach Dennis Green. In his three seasons at Stanford, the Cardinal finished 3-8, 5-6 and 8-4 and had an Aloha Bowl appearance.
With the 8th overall pick in the 1992 NFL Draft, the Atlanta Falcons selected offensive tackle Bob Whitfield. The first two seasons, the Falcons would struggle, finishing 6-10 in both 1992 and 1993. Whitfield received his first NFL start in 1993 at right tackle, but was moved to left tackle by then head coach June Jones in 1995. After Jones was fired, the Falcons hired Dan Reeves as head coach, and things began to gel for both Winfield and the Falcons.
In 1998, the Atlanta Falcons had at the time, their best season in franchise history. Bob Whitfield, coincidentally had the best season of his career, and received an invitation to the NFL’s Pro Bowl. Even though the Falcons would go on to lose in the Super Bowl, Whitfield established himself as one of the league’s best offensive tackles.
Although following the Super Bowl loss the Falcons began to struggle, Whitfield continued playing at a high level. In 2003 however, the Falcons moved on from Whitfield, and he played for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2004, and the New York Giants from 2005-2006.
Outside of football, Bob Whitfield is the founder of Patchwerks, Inc, which operates a recording studio in Atlanta, GA. The studio recorded more than 500 gold and platinum albums, and recorded multiple hit albums for artists such as 50 Cent, Madonna, and Snoop Dog. The studio was divested in 2009.
On November 11, 2011, Whitfield was inducted into Stanford University’s Hall of Fame. In 2012, Whitfield returned to Stanford and received a degree in economics.
I grew up in the 90s so I was fortunate enough to see Whitfield play. As regularly as we see offensive linemen injured, it was the opposite with Bob Whitfield. He played for the Falcons from 1992-2003, and started in an incredible 123 consecutive games.
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