Brian Westbrook, the all-time leading rusher in Philadelphia Eagles history, was released today. This comes on the heels of the Chargers release of All-Pro LaDainian Tomlinson yesterday. Westbrook accumulated 9,785 rushing yards with the Eagles, but was better known for his all-purpose abilities. Westbrook was, and may still be, one of the best running backs to catch the ball out of the backfield. While under the offenses of Andy Reid, Westbrook flourished.
“Brian is one of the greatest Eagles of all time and he is an even a better person and leader,” coach Andy Reid said. “In my mind, there has not been a more versatile running back that the NFL has seen. I had a conversation with Brian this morning to let him know. This is by far the most difficult part of this job. We wanted to make this move in order to maximize Brian’s chances of landing with another NFL team.”
I think Westbrook’s career could be over. After battling through injuries the last few seasons and proving to the league he was a “Sunday Warrior”, Brian has hit somewhat of a roadblock. CONCUSSIONS. Personally, the toll that running backs take on the body and head over the years is not worth pushing the limits to gain a few extra years and yardage. If Westbrook retires now, he will possible salvage quality of life and hopefully eliminate the long term effects that concussions can produce. Its just not worth it! But that decision will be up to Brian, his family, and his doctor.
Here’s his NFL resume according to the Philadelphia Eagles website.
- Is the only active NFL player with 20-or-more TDs both rushing and receiving (27 rush, 23 rec.)
- His 52 career TDs (27 rush, 23 rec., 2 PR) rank 8th on the Eagles all-time list, 4th among RBs
- Among Eagles RBs all-time, is the franchise leader in yds./carry (4.7) and 2nd in yds./touch (5.9 – min. 750 touches), yds. from scrimmage (7,992) and rec. TDs (23)
- Holds the Eagles all-time single-season records in yards from scrimmage (2,104) and receptions (90), both set in 2007
- In leading the league with 2,104 yds. from scrimmage in 2007:
- Became just the 3rd player in the last 30 years to lead the NFL in total yds. from scrimmage while coming from a non-Division I-A collegiate program. The two others were Eagles RB Wilbert Montgomery (Abilene Christian), who led the league with 2,006 yds. in 1979, and Bears RB Walter Payton (Jackson State), who led with 1,875 yds. in 1978 and 2,121 yds. in 1977.
- Became only the 5th player in the last 30 years to lead the league despite not being drafted in the 1st or 2nd round. The others: Priest Holmes (undrafted), who led the league in 2001 and 2002, Herschel Walker (5th round), who led in 1987, William Andrews (3rd round), who led in 1981, and Montgomery (6th round), who led in 1979.
- Became the first Eagle to lead the league since RB Ricky Watters, who registered 1,855 yds. in 1996.
- According to the Elias Sports Bureau, became the 4th-fastest player in NFL history to record 20 rushing TDs and 20 receiving TDs (76 games) behind Lenny Moore (46), Chuck Foreman (55), Timmy Brown (65) and tied with John David Crow (76)
- Since 2003, leads all NFL RBs in yds./touch with a 5.9 avg. on 1,306 touches (min. 500 touches)
- Since 2003, leads NFL RBs in recepts. (338), receiving yds. (3,121) and receiving TDs (23)
- Since becoming a full-time starter in 2004, has amassed 6,768 yds. from scrimmage in just 55 games, the 2nd-highest total in the NFL
- With 17 career 100-yd. rushing games (regular and postseason), ranks 3rd in team history behind Wilbert Montgomery (26) and Steve Van Buren (19)
- The average length of his 52 career regular season TDs is 20.1 yds.
- In seven career playoff games, ranks 2nd in team history in career rushing yards (472), t-2nd in career rushing TDs (3), t-3rd in career total TDs (5), and 4th in career rushing attempts (79)
- Owns the two longest rushing TDs in Eagles playoff history (62 at NO 1/13/07, NFC-D; 49 vs. NYG 1/7/07, NFC-WC)
- Has posted 12 TDs and 1,165 total yds. from scrimmage (129.4 per game) in his last 9 games against the Giants (including playoffs)