Former Philadelphia Eagles running back Brian Westbrook will sign a one-day contract on Wednesday to retire with the Eagles. He will be honored by the team on December 23rd, at halftime of the Eagles’ game against the Washington Redskins.
“I will always remember Brian for the electrifying, game-changing plays he made during his great career in Philadelphia,” owner Jeffrey Lurie said in a 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 drafted by the Eagles in the third round of the 2002 draft and spent eight seasons in Philadelphia. He is the franchise leader with 9,785 total yards from scrimmage, ranks second in rushing yards (5,995), and third in receptions (426) and total touchdowns (68). He is first among Eagles halfbacks in receptions, yards receiving (3,790) and touchdown catches (29), as well as rushing yards (591) and total touchdowns (6) in the postseason.
He is one of six players in NFL history to score 30 career touchdowns on both the ground and through the air, and he led the NFL in total yards from scrimmage (2104) in 2007. He earned two Pro Bowl selections and retired after a stint with the San Francisco 49ers in 2010.
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