BY SHAY RODDY
It seemed like it would be inevitable, but when the news broke this afternoon it still came as a bit of a shock. The Brian Westbrook era in Philadelphia has come to a close. We have most likely seen the final game in green for one of the league’s elite rushers and the franchise’s most beloved figures.
With eight seasons as a Bird and four seasons on the Mainline at Vilanova, this city has grown to know and love 36 West. But like all good things, his 12 year career in this city had to come to a close. It comes as no shock, but it’s sad all the same.
Drafted by the Eagles in 2002, Westbrook led the league in yards from scrimmage in 2007 and holds the all-time Eagles franchise record in that category.
Head coach Andy Reid reflected on the incredible career of one of his proudest players today at the Novacare Complex. “Brian is one of the greatest Eagles of all time and he is an even better person and leader,” 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.”
Westbrook had an incredible ability to create an instant memory. Whether it be with his 84-yard yard return in the Meadow Lands in the games final minutes to beat the Giants, his unselfish move to take a knee at the 1-yard line at Texas Stadium to ensure the Eagles could run off the final seconds of the game or his incredibly thoughtful actions in the community which he has been proud to call his home for 12 years.
You don’t get much better or bigger than Brian Westbrook. And even though it was a move that had to be made, it leaves a bitter taste in your mouth knowing one of our favorites and one of the best is an Eagle no more.
We’ll miss ya, Brian. Thanks for everything.