Players

Donte Whitner
DB #31
Height:
5-10
Weight:
208
Age:
29
College:
Ohio State
Hometown:
Cleveland, OH
Experience:
10

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Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
TOTAL 775 561 214 1.5 0 49 11 331 -- 76 2 10 6
2014 CLE 16 16 106 69 37 0.0 -- 4 1 54 54 54 0 2 --
2013 SF 16 16 73 58 15 0.0 -- 12 2 7 3.5 7 0 2 1
2012 SF 16 16 83 62 21 0.0 0 5 1 42 42 42 1 2 1
2011 SF 15 15 62 49 13 0.0 -- 10 2 48 24 48 0 1 3
2010 BUF 16 16 140 96 44 0.5 -- 7 1 37 37 37 0 1 1
2009 BUF 10 8 57 42 15 0.0 0 5 2 104 52 76 1 0 --
2008 BUF 13 13 61 50 11 1.0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --
2007 BUF 15 15 89 68 21 0.0 -- 1 1 29 29 29 0 1 --
2006 BUF 15 14 104 67 37 0.0 -- 4 1 10 10 10 0 0 --
Recent Games
WKOppResultTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
TotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
1 @PIT L 27-30 14 13 1 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2 NO W 26-24 5 3 2 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
3 BAL L 21-23 7 5 2 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
5 @TEN W 29-28 4 2 2 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
6 PIT W 31-10 8 4 4 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
7 @JAC L 6-24 4 4 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
8 OAK W 23-13 8 6 2 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --
9 TB W 22-17 8 5 3 -- -- 1 1 54 54 54 0 0 --
10 @CIN W 24-3 4 2 2 -- -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
11 HOU L 7-23 10 5 5 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
12 @ATL W 26-24 1 1 0 -- -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
13 @BUF L 10-26 6 4 2 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
14 IND L 24-25 6 2 4 -- -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
15 CIN L 0-30 7 3 4 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
16 @CAR L 13-17 8 5 3 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
17 @BAL L 10-20 6 5 1 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --

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Biography

Career Transactions: Selected by Buffalo Bills as first of two first-round choices (eighth overall) in 2006 NFL Draft, April 29, 2006…Signed first contract, Aug. 5, 2006…Signed by San Francisco 49ers as unrestricted free agent, Aug. 6, 2011…Signed by Cleveland Browns as unrestricted free agent, March 13, 2014.

At a Glance:

  • Played high school (Glenville High School), college (Ohio State) and professional (Browns) football in Ohio.
  • At the age of six, Donte was run over by a car suffering multiple fractures to both legs. Forced to wear a body cast, doctors cautioned his mother that her son might never walk normally again.
  • Selected to the Pro Bowl each of the past two seasons.
  • Helped the 49ers advance to the NFC Championship game in all three of his seasons in San Francisco, including an appearance in Super Bowl XLVII.
  • Heavily involved with United Way programs throughout his NFL career.

Career Highlights: Drafted by Buffalo in 2006 and spent five seasons with Bills before signing with the San Francisco 49ers in 2011…Helped bring an aggressive mindset to the 49ers’ secondary, helping the team advance to the conference championship game three consecutive seasons, including an appearance in Super Bowl XLVII…Sighned with the Browns as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

Pro Bowl Selections (2): 2012-13

Seasonal Reviews:

2013: Selected to his second Pro Bowl…Started all 16 games for the third time in his career…Recorded 100-plus tackles for the fifth time in career…Registered a career-high 12 passes defensed…(9/26) at St.L: Registered three tackles, one interception and two passes defensed…(11/25) at Was.: Recorded his second interception of the season and 10th of his career.

2012: Selected to his first Pro Bowl, making the NFC roster as a starter…Started all 16 games and recorded 119 tackles…Added two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, one interception and five passes defensed…(11/25) at NO: Returned an interception 42-yards for a TD, marking his second career score…(12/30) vs. Ari.: Recovered a fumble in his 100th NFL game. 

2011: Started all 15 games played…Registered 91 tackles, two interceptions, three fumble recoveries and one forced fumble…(9/18) vs. Dal.: Notched his first interception as a 49er…(11/28) vs. NYG: Made 14 stops and one pass defensed.

2010: Started all 16 games…Totaled a career-high 140 tackles…Added one interception, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and seven passes defensed…(11/28) vs. Pit.: Posted a career-high 18 tackles.

2009: Started eight of 10 games played…Tallied 57 tackles, two interceptions, five passes defensed and his first defensive score…(9/20) vs. TB: Returned an interception 76 yards for his first career TD.

2008: Started all 13 games played…Had 63 tackles, one sack and a forced fumble…(9/28) at St.L: Recorded first career sack.

2007: Tallied 102 tackles, one interception and one forced fumble…Was the only Bills defender to take every snap (999) through the first 15 games…Streak came to an end in Week 17 due to illness (flu).

2006: Selected to the PFW/PFWA All-Rookie Team…Started 14 of 15 games played in his rookie campaign, finishing second on the team in tackles with 107, while posting five passes defensed and one interception…Named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month for September…(9/10) at NE: Recorded an interception in his first professional game…(9/17) at Mia.: Made his first career start at S.

College: Started 18 of 35 games for Ohio State, registering 164 tackles, five sacks, 13 tackles for loss, nine passes defensed, five interceptions, two forced fumbles and one blocked punt returned for a TD…Earned first-team All-Big Ten Conference honors as a senior in 2005 after starting every game at SS and totaling 73 tackles, four sacks, nine tackles for loss, six passes defensed, one forced fumble and two interceptions (one returned for TD)…Helped team rank fifth in the nation in total defense (281.33 ypg.)…Played in 10 games (six starts) as a junior, sitting out contests after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery.

Personal: Given name is Donte Demetrius Whitner… Nicknamed “Hitner” for his tone-setting physical hits on opponents…Born and raised in Cleveland…At the age of six, Donte was run over by a car after darting into the middle of the street to chase a ball; after suffering multiple fractures to both legs, was forced to wear a body cast, with doctors cautioning his mother, Deborah, that he might never walk normally again…Has two children, Donte Jr. (8) and D’aira Denise (7)…Younger brothers, Lindsey (Whitten) and Dawawn, also attended Glenville High School…Lindsey played DE at Connecticut (2006-09) while Dawawn attended Ohio State...High School: Attended Glenville (Cleveland) High School…Played DB and WR…Excelled in the classroom earning honor roll recognition…Community Involvement: The Ginn Foundation is his primary philanthropic effort…Heavily involved with United Way programs throughout his NFL career…Donated school supplies in West Africa through the teen movement initiative…Recognized “Do Right Dads” by hosting a special event for active single fathers in the Cleveland area…Also hosted events for single mothers in the Ohio and New York area providing winners with spa days…The event honors both his mother and grandmother who both helped raised him…Hobbies/Interests: Enjoys traveling, visiting several countries in South America and Europe…Values time with his family and friends…Lists The Italian Job as one of his favorite movies… Resides in Miami, Fla.

Career Transactions: Selected by Buffalo Bills as first of two first-round choices (eighth overall) in 2006 NFL Draft, April 29, 2006…Signed first contract, Aug. 5, 2006…Signed by San Francisco 49ers as unrestricted free agent, Aug. 6, 2011…Signed by Cleveland Browns as unrestricted free agent, March 13, 2014.

At a Glance:

  • Played high school (Glenville High School), college (Ohio State) and professional (Browns) football in Ohio.
  • At the age of six, Donte was run over by a car suffering multiple fractures to both legs. Forced to wear a body cast, doctors cautioned his mother that her son might never walk normally again.
  • Selected to the Pro Bowl each of the past two seasons.
  • Helped the 49ers advance to the NFC Championship game in all three of his seasons in San Francisco, including an appearance in Super Bowl XLVII.
  • Heavily involved with United Way programs throughout his NFL career.

Career Highlights: Drafted by Buffalo in 2006 and spent five seasons with Bills before signing with the San Francisco 49ers in 2011…Helped bring an aggressive mindset to the 49ers’ secondary, helping the team advance to the conference championship game three consecutive seasons, including an appearance in Super Bowl XLVII…Sighned with the Browns as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

Pro Bowl Selections (2): 2012-13

Seasonal Reviews:

2013: Selected to his second Pro Bowl…Started all 16 games for the third time in his career…Recorded 100-plus tackles for the fifth time in career…Registered a career-high 12 passes defensed…(9/26) at St.L: Registered three tackles, one interception and two passes defensed…(11/25) at Was.: Recorded his second interception of the season and 10th of his career.

2012: Selected to his first Pro Bowl, making the NFC roster as a starter…Started all 16 games and recorded 119 tackles…Added two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, one interception and five passes defensed…(11/25) at NO: Returned an interception 42-yards for a TD, marking his second career score…(12/30) vs. Ari.: Recovered a fumble in his 100th NFL game. 

2011: Started all 15 games played…Registered 91 tackles, two interceptions, three fumble recoveries and one forced fumble…(9/18) vs. Dal.: Notched his first interception as a 49er…(11/28) vs. NYG: Made 14 stops and one pass defensed.

2010: Started all 16 games…Totaled a career-high 140 tackles…Added one interception, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and seven passes defensed…(11/28) vs. Pit.: Posted a career-high 18 tackles.

2009: Started eight of 10 games played…Tallied 57 tackles, two interceptions, five passes defensed and his first defensive score…(9/20) vs. TB: Returned an interception 76 yards for his first career TD.

2008: Started all 13 games played…Had 63 tackles, one sack and a forced fumble…(9/28) at St.L: Recorded first career sack.

2007: Tallied 102 tackles, one interception and one forced fumble…Was the only Bills defender to take every snap (999) through the first 15 games…Streak came to an end in Week 17 due to illness (flu).

2006: Selected to the PFW/PFWA All-Rookie Team…Started 14 of 15 games played in his rookie campaign, finishing second on the team in tackles with 107, while posting five passes defensed and one interception…Named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month for September…(9/10) at NE: Recorded an interception in his first professional game…(9/17) at Mia.: Made his first career start at S.

College: Started 18 of 35 games for Ohio State, registering 164 tackles, five sacks, 13 tackles for loss, nine passes defensed, five interceptions, two forced fumbles and one blocked punt returned for a TD…Earned first-team All-Big Ten Conference honors as a senior in 2005 after starting every game at SS and totaling 73 tackles, four sacks, nine tackles for loss, six passes defensed, one forced fumble and two interceptions (one returned for TD)…Helped team rank fifth in the nation in total defense (281.33 ypg.)…Played in 10 games (six starts) as a junior, sitting out contests after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery.

Personal: Given name is Donte Demetrius Whitner… Nicknamed “Hitner” for his tone-setting physical hits on opponents…Born and raised in Cleveland…At the age of six, Donte was run over by a car after darting into the middle of the street to chase a ball; after suffering multiple fractures to both legs, was forced to wear a body cast, with doctors cautioning his mother, Deborah, that he might never walk normally again…Has two children, Donte Jr. (8) and D’aira Denise (7)…Younger brothers, Lindsey (Whitten) and Dawawn, also attended Glenville High School…Lindsey played DE at Connecticut (2006-09) while Dawawn attended Ohio State...High School: Attended Glenville (Cleveland) High School…Played DB and WR…Excelled in the classroom earning honor roll recognition…Community Involvement: The Ginn Foundation is his primary philanthropic effort…Heavily involved with United Way programs throughout his NFL career…Donated school supplies in West Africa through the teen movement initiative…Recognized “Do Right Dads” by hosting a special event for active single fathers in the Cleveland area…Also hosted events for single mothers in the Ohio and New York area providing winners with spa days…The event honors both his mother and grandmother who both helped raised him…Hobbies/Interests: Enjoys traveling, visiting several countries in South America and Europe…Values time with his family and friends…Lists The Italian Job as one of his favorite movies… Resides in Miami, Fla.