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Donte Whitner
Donte Whitner
Donte Whitner


Date of birth
Jul 24, 1985
Ohio State
208 Lbs


Donte Whitner is a safety for the Cleveland Browns. He spent five seasons with the Buffalo Bills and three seasons with the San Francisco 49ers. In 2014 he signed a four-year deal with the Browns.

Early Life

Whitner was born on July 24, 1985 in Cleveland Ohio. He attended Glenville High School and played in the U.S Army All-American Bowl game after his senior season.

Ohio State Buckeyes

Whitner attended Ohio State and played three seasons. He developed into a solid tackler in his junior season. He finished with 73 tackles, nine tackles for a loss and four sacks. He transferred to San Jose State to finish his degree as a senior.

Buffalo Bills

Whitner was drafted by the Buffalo Bills as the eighth overall pick in the 2006 draft. In his rookie season he started 14 games and made 67 tackles. He was productive in all five season in Buffalo before signing a three-year deal with the San Francisco 49ers.

San Francisco 49ers

In three seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, Whitner was known for his hard-hitting tackles some of which were flagged for unnecessary roughness. His smash-mouth style of football was so synonymous with his name that he wanted to legally change his last name to “Hitner”. Though he was granted the motion to modify his name he failed to show up in court to complete the process. While in San Francisco Whitner was selected to two Pro Bowls.

Cleveland Browns

In the 2014 offseason, he signed a deal that would send him back to his home state of Cleveland playing for the Browns.

Game Log

Date Opponent Result
12-28-2014 @ Baltimore Ravens Baltimore Ravens 20-10
12-21-2014 @ Carolina Panthers Carolina Panthers 17-13
12-14-2014 @ Cincinnati Bengals Cincinnati Bengals 0-30
12-7-2014 @ Indianapolis Colts Indianapolis Colts 24-25
11-30-2014 @ Buffalo Bills Buffalo Bills 26-10


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