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By Spike Eskin
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – First it was Brian Dawkins, then it was Tra Thomas, and now Brian Westbrook will retire as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles this year.
The former Eagles great will be honored during halftime of the Eagles December 23rd game against the Redskins.
“I will always remember Brian for the electrifying, game-changing plays he made during his great career in Philadelphia,” Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said via press release. “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.”
Westbrook was not only the team’s best running back, but arguably its best all-around player during the prime of his career. Westbrook was not only known for his running ability, but was often the Eagles most prolific receiver and kick returner.
Westbrook played in 107 games (85 starts) in eight seasons with the Eagles from 2002-09. He currently ranks second in franchise annals in rushing yards (5,995), and third in receptions (426) and total touchdowns (68). Among Eagles running backs all-time, he tops the list in receptions, receiving yards (3,790) and receiving touchdowns (29). In addition, Westbrook played in 11 playoff games with the team, ranking first in club history in career rushing yards (591) and total touchdowns (6).
The Eagles selected Westbrook in the third round of the 2002 NFL Draft.
An Eagles press release contributed to this report.