Donte Whitner


Safety Donte Whitner was chosen Thursday as the winner of the Garry Niver Award for his cooperation and professionalism in dealing with the media.


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SANTA CLARA -- Safety Donte Whitner believes he should be held up as an example for the rest of the NFL to follow.


Pete Carroll, a former defensive backs coach, used the word "ridiculous" to describe 49ers safeties Dashon Goldson and Donte Whitner.

Of course, he meant it as a huge compliment.


It was a busy evening for Patrick Willis, Dashon Goldson, NaVorro Bowman and Donte Whitner, each of whom played all 94 snaps of defense in the 49ers' 41-34 victory over the New England Patriots.