Andew Whitworth Touchdown!

Hey Gang!

Check out my cousin catch his first NFL touchdown pass… Quite a feat for an offensive lineman.

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-game-highlights/09000d5d81cd3d20/Bengals-tackle-eligible-TD

http://www.cincyjungle.com/2010/12/12/1871820/andrew-whitworth-scores-the-only-offensive-touchdown-by-both-teams-in

Whitworths in Pro Sports!

My cousin Andrew is a stud! Check the latest from the Bengals…

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d819410e3/article/bengals-among-teams-being-overlooked-heading-into-season

Welcome to Chicago!!

Hey Blogworld!!

What is shakin?! To those of you who are not on twitter or my facebook fan page you may not have heard the news… drumroll please… I was traded to Chicago this last weekend! Unfortunately the paperwork didn’t go though in time for me to be with the team over the weekend, but I have spent the time becoming a little more familiar with my new home.  ++disclaimer No pictures to upload for now, so my excellent word choice will have to do as an adequate description++

I’ve never lived in a city before so this is quite an experience for me. No parking. No massive stores. LONG commute to practice. One grocery… 6 blocks away that you are supposed to walk to. BUT… amazing restaurants, busy night life, lots of eligible bachelors, local coffee shops, parks, active people. Did I mention the food? I am going to have to take up running or something like that to keep me from blowing up (and all you know what a statement that is for a goalkeeper). I am loving it so far, though its barely been a week. I found a church and some new friends my 2nd day in the city. Loving doing cool stuff with them already like ultimate frisbee in Lincoln park (no, I did not play. I’m not allowed). Looking forward to a beach trip this weekend maybe!

The team is amazing. Love my Red Stars. The transition for a player joining a team mid-season can be uncomfortable, but everyone here is amazing. Practices are crisp, to the point, and fun. The team is fun, and are really great people. The coaches are on point. Loving Nate the gk coach, its fun learning new things everyday. But the Red Stars have been a great change for me. As much as Atlanta was close to home and has a lot great things with the girls on the team, the stadium, the owners it was time to move on. Looking forward to this new stage. Keep following me on Twitter @whitgk or my fan page on facebook (Allison L Whitworth). Thanks for the support and I will try to update here soon!

GO RED STARS!!

Pre-season Update

I know I said I would update soon, but my teammate has an awesome post on preseason. Please check it out!

http://web.me.com/myers.shannon/Shannon_Myers/Blog/Entries/2010/3/4_Preseason’s_a_bit_like_birthing_a_kid…_If_you_remember_just_how_miserable_it_is,_you’d_certainly_never_do_it_again._.html

First Women’s Soccer Specific Staduim in the World

Whooo hoooo! Happy Thanksgiving and a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!! I hope that the holidays were wonderful for all and that no one got trampled in the post Thanksgiving shopping. I for one did not shop. I enjoyed rivalry week in college football and ate tons of great food (thanks family!!). I will try to do a better job updating the blog, so tune in next week for my Christmas list which you can all use to help me celebrate the day of Jesus’s birth. Just kidding, but really I will post more. Lately the holidays and my last coursework for graduate school has kept me busy. Oh! I finished my last class EVER today for my Master’s of Heath Promotion. Only turning in one more paper and that Diploma is mine!!

To keep everyone informed of my soccer life, the Beat announced the plans for the first Women’s Soccer Specific Staduim in the world. It is going to be pretty sick awesome. You can check for more details at http://www.womensprosoccer.com/atlanta and get season tickets at  http://www.womensprosoccer.com/Home/atlanta/contact/season-seats.aspx .

I am pretty excited to play in this venue.  What our owners and staff are putting together will be a top notch entertainment experience. I hope they let the fans see more of the process because it really is a great place. With the ability to host concerts, national team games, international competitions, and NCAA competitions this is the place to be. And its going to be BRAND spankin NEW! You guys excited too!?

Coming Home!! Back to the ATL with the BEAT!!

Hey gang, if you haven’t heard yet I was traded to the ATL Beat from the FC Gold Pride yesterday! I am super pumped but wanted to do a little mini post to share the joy! Check out the article below or posted at http://www.womensprosoccer.com/atlanta .

Atlanta, GA (Oct. 21, 2009) – Atlanta Beat General Manager Shawn McGee announced Allison Whitworth as the newest player to join the expansion team’s roster. Whitworth is a goalkeeper from Birmingham, Alabama who spent a year with the Atlanta Silverbacks in the W-League before she was drafted to FC Gold Pride (Bay Area) for the inaugural season of Women’s Pro Soccer.

“We are absolutely delighted to have signed Allison Whitworth,” said Beat Head Coach Gareth O’Sullivan. “She is very athletic, and outside of her playing ability, she is a tremendous person.”

As a member of the Atlanta Silverbacks, she held a perfect 8-0-0 record with five shutouts and maintained a .5 goals against average. The 23 year-old is a proud Auburn alumna who not only earned 22 shutouts and set a school record for saves in her final college season, but she was also named SEC Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2007.

“Gareth and I have seen Allison play on numerous occasions, and she is an outstanding goalkeeper,” said Beat General Manager Shawn McGee. “We have been watching her for a long time, and we believe that she will be one of the best goalkeepers in the league next year. To be honest, we didn’t think would have the opportunity to get her, but we were very fortunate to work a trade with FC Gold Pride.”

In that trade, the Atlanta Beat sends two 2010 WPS Draft picks (numbers 10 and 12) to the Bay Area in exchange for Whitworth and the 23rd overall selection.

“I’m excited to be back in Atlanta because it feels like I’m coming home” said Whitworth. “It’s a great opportunity to be with a new team in the beginning stages, and it’s really close to all my friends and family. The Beat organization has been very welcoming, and it seems like it’s about more than just soccer here; the Atlanta Beat is all about community, and that’s really important.”

Cincinnati Bengals have a Whitworth!

The Cincinnati Bengals are my favorite NFL team.

Why? You may ask… It is not because of the theatrics of Chad Ochocinco, the skill of Carson Palmer, or the interesting stat of having a tie in the record books. No no, its about the family bond. My cousin, Andrew Whitworth, is the starting left tackle for the Cincinnati Bengals. He played his college career in the great southeastern conference at the Louisiana State University. I am extremely proud of Andrew. He was voted by his teammates to be a team captain this year with the Bengals. While linemen rarely get praise for their performance, the coaches and team leaders repeatedly praise Andrew in the media. Because of the Bengals excellent start to the season I wanted to bring attention to another Whitworth in the ranks of professional sports. (You can see his bio and current stats here http://www.bengals.com/team/roster/Andrew-Whitworth/3a81696e-e6b3-4abd-8dd0-85e8748fa086 )

 

So Bengals fans, get your cheering on. I hope it will be a great year (we need to stay healthy!). Any fans out there give me a shout out!! Who Dey! Go Tigers!