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Brian Westbrook Will Retire with Philadelphia Eagles

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JANUARY 11:  Brian Westbrook #36 of the Philadelphia Eagles runs the ball against the New York Giants during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game on January 11, 2009 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
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Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistAugust 28, 2012

Former Philadelphia Eagles star running back Brian Westbrook will retire from the NFL Wednesday, August 29 at 11:30 a.m. ET, with the team with which he spent the majority of his career, according to Eagles Insider.

Great way to start the day: #Eagles announce that Brian Westbrook will retire as an #Eagle tomorrow, watch it live on PhiladelphiaEagles.com

— Eagles Insider (@EaglesInsider) August 28, 2012

Westbrook is one of the greatest running backs in Eagles franchise history, leading the organization with 9,785 total yards from scrimmage over his career.

With two 1,000-plus-yard rushing seasons and four seasons with 600-plus receiving yards, there was no player quite as dangerous as Westbrook.

He was released in 2009 and spent some time with the San Francisco 49ers, but was never able to replicate the success he had in Philadelphia.

Despite injuries forcing an early end to his career, Westbrook’s impact on the Philadelphia Eagles helped bring them to multiple NFC championship games and even a Super Bowl in 2004.

Eagles CEO Jeffrey Lurie told PhiladelphiaEagles.com about what made Westbrook special and how the team will pay homage to him:

I will always remember Brian for the electrifying, game-changing plays he made during his great career in Philadelphia. He was one of those players you knew could score from anywhere on the field and one of the most exciting players I have ever watched. He was a great runner, receiver and returner and was certainly a fan favorite. We are thrilled to have him retire as an Eagle and we look forward to honoring him at Lincoln Financial Field on December 23 against the Redskins in what should be a very exciting atmosphere.

As Lurie announced, the team will be honoring the star running back with a ceremony during the December 23 matchup against the Washington Redskins.

With a division rival in town that he destroyed so many times, what better way to honor Westbrook?

The Villanova alum has been a local hero since being drafted in 2002, and there would be no better a place for the veteran to call it a career than with the team that made him a star.

If you doubt the impact that Westbrook has had on not only the Philadelphia Eagles but the entire league, just look at the rise of the dual-threat running backs in the NFL, like LeSean McCoy and Ray Rice.

 

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