"Whitner thanked the 49ers coaching staff for helping him make the Pro Bowl. He was also classy in acknowledging coaches, teammates and personnel members of the Buffalo Bills who helped the early stages of his professional career which began as the No. 8 overall pick in 2008. "I give a lot of thanks to those guys," Whitner said of his former colleagues with the Bills. "When you make it to the Pro Bowl, you never make it by yourself a lot of people help you get there.""