Brian Westbrook to retire with the Eagles
Running back Brian Westbrook made two Pro Bowls with the Philadelphia Eagles, and now he will retire as a member of the team on Wednesday, reports ProFootballTalk‘s Mike Florio.
Westbrook last played for Philadelphia in 2009, and after a year with the San Francisco 49ers, he left football.
The Eagles drafted Westbrook in the third round in 2002. He broke out in 2004, when he made his first Pro Bowl. That season, Westbrook ran for 802 yards and caught 73 passes for 703 yards.
He was among the league’s best over the next three seasons, including 2007, when he also made the Pro Bowl. Westbrook led the league with 2,104 yards from scrimmage that year.
“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.”
Lurie’s statement also said the franchise will honor Westbrook at the team’s Dec. 23 game against the Redskins.