Alumni Focus: Brian Westbrook

Brian Westbrook is an all time Philadelphia Eagle.  A jack of all trades back who came from a small local private school would captivate The Vet and LFF with his playing style.  Due to his size he slipped in the 2002 draft.  There he was looking Andy Reid in the face in the 3rd round.  Westbrook was too good to pass up and arguably became one of the best draft picks in Eagles History.  B West would have to earn his stripes as he sat behind Duce Staley and Correll Buckhalter.  In the early years of his career he made contributions on 3rd down and Special Teams.

Brian Westbrook played his heart out for 8 seasons in Philadelphia and 9 in the NFL overall.  He finished his career with the SF 49ers during the 2010 season. Westbrook had the rare ability to affect a game in 3 ways.  He was impossible to tackle one on one in the run game.  Safeties and linebackers could not handle him in the passing game and with the game on the line, there is no one I want to field a punt other than Brian Westbrook.

Nine years is a solid career for a running back.  Today’s average career lasts about 3 years for any NFL player regardless of position.  During his NFL career Westbrook put up some nice numbers.  Games Played: 121, Rushing Attempts: 1,385, Yards: 6335, 41 TDs.  One stat that goes un-mentioned most of the time is his 3 fumbles and only 2 lost during those 1,385 attempts.  This receiving stats are as follows: REC: 442, Yards: 3,940 yards and 30 TDs.  He might be most well-known for a 2003 4th quarter punt return to beat the NYG 14-10.

It’s not a matter of whether Brian Westbrook is an all time Eagle, but more of where he ranks on the all time list.  He certainly belongs in the top 10 and arguments could be made he belongs in the top 5.  During the 2007 season the eagles honored their 75th anniversary team and at the time Westbrook was not on it.  Had they assembled this roster now, you can bet Westbrook could be the top back.

I had the great opportunity of meeting Brian a couple months ago and he is nothing less than class personified on and off the field.

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