Former Villanova Great Brian Westbrook Retires from the NFL
Aug. 29, 2012
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - On Wednesday, August 29, former Villanova star Brian Westbrook signed a one-day contract and retired from the NFL as a Philadelphia Eagle. Westbrook played for the Eagles from 2002-09 and with the San Francisco 49ers in 2010.
Westbrook finished his Eagle career as the team's all-time leader in total yards from scrimmage with 9,875. He also ranks second in franchise history in rushing yards with 5,995 and third in touchdowns with 68.
His best season came in 2007 when he led the NFL in yards from scrimmage with 2,104. During his career, Westbrook was a two-time Pro Bowl selection (2004, 2007) and two-time All-Pro honoree (2003, 2007). In 2007, he was named the NFL Alumni Running Back of the Year.
Westbrook played at Villanova from 1997-2001 where he established himself as the most decorated player in school history. He finished his Wildcat career with 41 school records, 19 conference records and five NCAA records. He became the first player in the history of Villanova football to earn first team All-American honors in three different seasons. As a sophomore in 1998, Westbrook became the only player in the history of college football at any level to rush for 1,000 yards and receive for 1,000 yards in the same season. In 2001, he garnered the Walter Payton Award which is given to the top player in NCAA FCS football (formerly I-AA).