One of the most electrifying all-purpose weapons in the NFL over the last decade, Westbrook (5-10, 203) joins the 49ers after spending his first eight professional seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles. Drafted in the third round (91st overall) of the 2002 NFL Draft, Westbrook has played in 107 games (85 starts) and has registered 6335 yards on 1,308 carries and 37 touchdowns on the ground, to go along with 426 receptions for 3,790 yards and 29 touchdowns through the air.
One of the most prolific backs in Philadelphia Eagles history, Westbrook is the franchise’s all-time leader in yards from scrimmage (9,785) and touches (1,734). He also ranks second in Philadelphia’s record books in rushing yards (5,995), while ranking third in total touchdowns (68), receptions (426), rushing touchdowns (37), rushing attempts (1,308) and rushing average (4.6 yards per carry). Westbrook also holds the Eagles all-time single-season records in both total yards from scrimmage (2,104 in 2007) and receptions (90 in 2007).
Westbrook’s career numbers also rank among the best in the NFL. Since 2004, he ranks third in the NFL with 8,561 yards from scrimmage and leads all running backs in receptions (380), receiving yards (3,372), receiving touchdowns (25) and yards after the catch (3,152). Westbrook is the only active player, and one of seven in NFL history, to register at least 25 rushing touchdowns and 25 receiving touchdowns.
The Fort Washington, MD, native brings with him a wealth of postseason experience, as he helped lead Philadelphia to the playoffs in six of his eight seasons. Westbrook has played in 11 playoff games (9 starts) and ranks first in Eagles postseason history in career rushing yards (591), tied for second in career rushing TDs (3), tied for first in career total TDs (6), and second in career rushing attempts (129). Westbrook helped propel the Eagles to four appearances in the NFC Championship Game (he was not able to participate in the 2003 contest due to a triceps injury) and Super Bowl XXXIX.
The two-time Pro Bowler (2004 & 2007) now joins RB Frank Gore to form one of the most potent running back tandems in the NFL. The duo has combined for 14,438 yards from scrimmage (10,411 yards rushing, 4,027 yards receiving) since 2005, ranking tops among any active running back tandems in the NFL.
- Nominated for NFL Fed Ex Ground Player of the Week (week 12)
- Recorded 30th career scoring reception (the most of any active Running Back)
- Recorded longest career reception (62 yards)
- Ranked 4th in the NFL for yards from scrimmage since 2004
- Only active player in NFL with 40 rushing TDs and 30 receiving TDs
- Led the team in receptions (9) for 91 yards at Oak. (10.18), and rushed for 50 yards, passing Steve Van Buren (5,860), to move into second place on the Eagles all-time rushing list
- Rushed for a 7-yard TD vs. TB (10/11), moving into third place on the Eagles all-time list with 68 career touchdowns
- Played in his 106th regular season game as an Eagle (12/27 vs. Den.), passing Keith Byars foe second place in team history among running backs
- Scored his 29th career receiving touchdown (9/13 at Car.), moving past Fred Barnett and into 10th place in team history
- Set career-highs in total TDs (14) and rushing TDs (9)
- Snagged a 71 yard TD and amassed 121 total yards in a playoff win (NFC-WC) at Min. (1.4)
- Surpassed Harold Carmichael to become the franchise leader in scrimmage yards with a 204-yard game at NYG (12/7)
- Went 33-131-1TD rushing and 6-72-1TD receiving in a win at NYG (12/7), setting career highs in total touches (39) and carries (33)
- Was named NFC Offensive POW for the 3rd time in his career for his efforts vs. Ari. (11/27) , when he recorded a career-high four total TDs (2 rushing, 2 receiving) in the win
- Rushed for a career-high 167 yards on 22 carries and two TDs in a win vs. Atl. (10/26)
- Tallied three total TDs (two rushing, one receiving), with 103 total yards at Dal. (9/15)
- Scored both a rushing TD and a receiving TD vs. StL (9/7)
- Was named as a start to the 2008NFC Pro Bowl squad after leading the NFL in scrimmage yards (2,104) and first downs (104)
- Earned first-team All Pro honors from the following: AP, PFWA,USA Today, SI, and ESPN.com. also was named the NFL Alumni Association’s player of the year at RB and was selected to NFL.com Vic Carucci’s All-interview team for being accommodating and professional with the media
- Set a career high with 1,333 rushing yards, the 4th-highest-single season total in team history
- Broke the teams single season team record in yards from scrimmage (2,104) and receptions (90)
- Became just the 3rd player in NFL history to amass 1,300-or-more rushing yards and 750-or-more receiving yards in the same season, joining Marshall Faulk and Steven Jackson
- Became just the 4th player in NFL history to record 2,000-or-more scrimmage yards and 90-or-more receptions in the same season, joining Roger Craig, Ladainian Tomlinson, and Steven Jackson
- Amassed 144 total yards from scrimmage at Dal. (12/16) and opted to take a knee on the 1-yard line to run the clock down and seal the Eagles win instead of scoring a TD in the final minutes of the game
- Caught an 18- yard TD pass from Donovan McNabb and rushed for 116 yards vs. NYG (12/9), giving him 1,110 yards on the season to become the first Eagle to record back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons since Duce Staley did so in 1998 and 1999
- Rushed for his 50th career TD at NE (11/25)
- Capped by a 57-yard game winning TD off a highlight-film, catch-and-run pass from Donovan McNabb, went 20-100-1TD rushing and 5-83-2TDs receiving at Was. (11/11)
- His 14 catches vs. Dal. (11/4) tied the Eagles all-time record for receptions in a game
- Earned NFC Offensive POW honors for his performance vs. Det. (9/23), after compiling a career high 221 yards from scrimmage (110 rushing, 111 receiving) and three TDs. Became just the 7thplayer in NFL history to record 110+ yards rushing and 110+ yards receiving in the same game
- Led all NFL RBs in yards/touch(6.0-min 250 touches), receiving TDs (4), and yards/catch(9.1- min. 50 receptions
- His 5.1 yards/rush average(min. 175 rushes) was a franchise record among Eagles RBs all-time
- Became the first player in franchise history to record 1000+ rushing yards (1,217) and 600+ receiving yards (699) in the same season
- With a then-career high 1,217 rushing yards, passed the 1,000 yard rushing mark for the first time in his career
- Tallied eight 100-yard rushing games in 2006 (including postseason) which tied for the most in a total season in team history
- Amassed 1,916 yards from highest- the third highest total in team history
- Also led the team with a career high 77 catches and 11 total TDs
- Was named as a first alternate to the Pro Bowl in 2006. Also named to USA Today’s All-Joe Team and ESPN.com’s Michael Smith’s All-Indispensible team.
- Became the first player in NFL history to record TDs of 49-yards-or-more in consecutive postseason games, and one of three players to post TDs of 49-yards-or-more in the same postseason
- Became the first player in franchise history to rush for over 100-yards in back-to-back playoff games. His postseason yards per carry average (7.8 – min. 15 atts.) set a team mark and was the highest by an NFL RB with 30 or more carries in a single postseason since Hall of Famer Marcus Allen averaged 8.0 yards per carry in 1983
- Rushed for 116 yards and two TDs on 13 carries in the NFC Divisional Game at NO (1/13/07). His 65-yard TD scamper was the longest run from scrimmage in the Eagles playoff history
- Rushed for 141 yards on 20 carries, including a highlight film 49-yard TD run in the NFC wild card game vs. NYG (1/7/07)
- With 13-101 rushing and 7-113 receiving at TB(10/22/06), became the second player in team history to have 100+ rushing yards and 100+ receiving yards in the same game
- Scored three TDs at SF (9/24/06). Amassed 117 rushing yards, including a career-long 71-yard TD scamper
- Tied for 2nd in NFL for yards per touch (5.7), despite playing in only 12 games. Also led RBs in receiving yards (616) and ranked 2nd in receptions (61)
- Led the team in TDs (7) and tied for the lead in receptions (61)
- Amassed 208 total yards from scrimmage (13-68-1TD rushing/ 6-140-1TD receiving) vs Oak (9/25)
- Made his first trip to the Pro Bowl after rushing 812 yards and leading all NFL RBs in receptions (73) and receiving yards (703)
- Led all NFL players in YAC (640) and yard per touch (6.1-minimum touches)
- Tallied 356 yards of total offense (60 touches/5.9 yard- avg), and two receiving TDs in the playoffs
- Posted 123 combined net yards in Super Bowl 39 vs. NE (2/6/05) including a 10-yard TD catch
- Set career-highs in receiving yards (156) and TD receptions (3) on 11 catches vs. GB (12/5/04). His yardage total was the 3rd highest by a back in team history and the most since Jerry Williams(6-163-1TD) vs. Washington (11/28/54). It was also the most by a NFL RB since Marshall Faulk had 204 on 12/26/99.
- Posted 182 total yards from scrimmage at Chi. (10/3/04)
- Notches his 1st-career 100-yard rushing game (17-119) vs. NYG (9/12/04)
- Named to Howie Long’s Tough Guy Team
- His 13 TDs ranked 8th in the NFL and 7th among NFL RBs
- Ranked 2nd in the NFL in punt return average
- With two punt returns for TDs, became the first Eagle to do so in a single season
- Was the only player in the NFL to have 300-or more yards rushing (613), receiving (332), on punt returns (306) and off kickoff returns (487). Was also the first NFL player to amass over 300 yards in each of those categories in a season since Brian Mitchell (1995).
- Was the only player in the NFL to score a TD rushing (7), receiving (4), and by return (2)
- Was part of the Eagles, “Three- Headed Monster” RB attack that accounted for 1,618 rushing yards, 2,157 total yards from scrimmage, and 29 total TDs. The Eagles were the first time to have three RBs with 7 plus TDs since the StL Cardinals in 1979. The trio scored at least one TD in 14 games in 2003.
- Became the first Eagle since Timmy Brown in 1964 to attempt a rush, catch a pass, and return both a punt and a kick off in a single game in three consecutive games
- Registered his second career punt return for a TD vs. SF in an 81- yarder
- Scored 2 TDs at Mia (12/15/02), first on a 21 yard draw play, and then on a 25-yard reception from WR Freddie Mitchell
- Notched three TDs (one rushing, two receiving) vs. NYG (11/16/03). Became the first Eagle with three TDs in a game since Duce Staley vs. KC in 1998
- Earned NFC special teams POW with a career-long, game-winning 84-yard punt return for a TD with 1:34 remaining at NYG (10/19/03). It was the first of his career and second longest in team history
- Broke a 62-yard TD run to seal the victory at Buf. (9/28/03) for his first career TD.
- Appeared in 15 games as a rookie
- Fired a 25-yard TD pass to WR Todd Pinkston Vs Dal (9/22/02). He Received a pitch from McNabb, rolled right and hit his target in the corner of the endzone
- Made his first professional start in front of his hometown crowd on MNF at Was. (9/16/02)
- In his NFL debut at Ten. (9/8/02), led all Eagles rushers with 42 yards.
- One of the most decorated players in the NCAA Division I-AA history, set the all time NCAA record with 9.885 all purpose yards, breaking the record of 9,301
- In 64 career games, scored 542 points with 84 touchdowns, carried the ball 725 times for 4,499 yards (6.2 average), caught 219 passes for 2,639 yards and gained 2,433 yards and 4 TDs on kickoff returns
- Along the way, established 41 school, 13 Atlantic Ten Conference and five NCAA records
- Became the only player in I-AA history to 160 or more points twice in a career and the first player in the history of college football at any level with 1,000 rushing and receiving yards in one season (1998)
- Was one of the only two players in Villanova history to rush for over 1,000 yards in a season and he accomplished that feat three times
- Was a consensus All-American and two time A-10 offensive player of the year and was the 2001 recipient of the Walter Payton Award
- As a senior, amassed 2,823 yards combined net yards and scored 29 TDs- was 249-1, 603-6.4- 22 TDs rushing, 59-658-6 TDs receiving,17-440-1TD on kickoff returns and 8-122 on punt returns
- Set a school single game record with five total TDs vs. James Madison and vs. Colgate
- Set the schools rushing record with a 287-yard game vs. Hofstra
- Sat out the 1999 season after reconstructive surgery on his ACL
- In 1998, set an NCAA Division I-AA record for all-purpose yards with 3,026, including a school record 428 in the season opener vs. Pittsburgh
- Resides in Maryland
- His high school coach, William McGregor II of DeMatha HS, was named the 2004 NFL High School Coach of the Year. McGregor was nominated for the award by Westbrook. Said Westbrook of McGregor’s honor, “Bill was, and continues to be, an inspiration and source of support to me.”
- Has formed a real estate investment company in the DC-Metro area
- Received several write-in votes in the 2003 Philadelphia Mayoral election. Also received write-in votes for Supreme Court Justice, Superior Court Judge, Traffic Court Judge, and registrar of wills. Said Westbrook of the news, “That’s great! Maybe one day I’ll decide to switch careers, but for now, I’m happy as an athlete.”
- Posed with his dogs for a 2007 Philadelphia Magazine pictorial, highlighting local celebrities and their pets
- Posed with his mother, Zelda, for a 2003 Mother’s Day photo shoot for Philadelphia Magazine. Said Westbrook after seeing the picture with his mother, “That was a great experience to be in Philadelphia Magazine for Mother’s Day. It was a great opportunity for people to see what a great influence she has been in my life.”
- Teamed with the Police Athletic League of Philadelphia from 2004-06 to host his “Charity and Celebrity Weekend,” highlighted by a 3-on-3 basketball tourney and various events for area children
- Earned his bachelors degree in management information systems in the spring of 2001 and began work on his MBA the following fall
Villanova retired his #20 jersey on 10/22/05 during halftime of their homecoming football game
- Earned A-10 All-Academic Team honors
- Played for legendary coach Morgan Wootten as the starting PG on a nationally ranked basketball team while at DeMatha HS
- Was also a 3-year member of the honor roll at DeMatha
- His father, Ronald, played football and baseball at Union College
- Started to play golf in 2004. Also enjoys playing pool
- Took part in the Campbell’s Chunky Soup commercials in 2004 and 2005
- Full name: Brian Collins Westbrook
Brian’s Blessings was established to help local less fortunate children foster a sense of high self worth by providing them with the tools they need to learn, play and achieve their dreams. Our goal is to raise awareness of the needs of the underprivileged and to address those needs. In addition to providing tangibles such as food, educational materials and toys at the holidays, we also strive to provide the empowerment and inspiration these children need to become successful young people.
Brian Westbrook sends kids back to school with Backpacks filled with supplies, encouragement
Pro Bowl Running Back partners with the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington to supply over 150 backpacks filled with school supplies for local less fortunate children.
August 20, 2010: Brian Westbrook today announced that he partnered with the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington DC to provide 150 local less fortunate children with backpacks filled with school supplies. The gift was been made possible through Westbrook’s philanthropic arm, “Brian’s Blessings.”
“I’ve always admired the longstanding relationship BGCGW has had with the community and am so honored to partner with them to bring backpacks and school supplies to over 150 children this year,” Westbrook says, “It’s very humbling for me to participate in things like this. My hope is that this encourages the kids to learn and feel like they can be anything they want to be.”
In a letter read to the children, Westbrook encouraged kids to work hard and believe in themselves saying, “My hope for you this school year and throughout life is that each of you will strive to do your very best every single day. Remember to help others and treat them the way you want to be treated. But most of all, I want you to believe in yourself. I believe in you and I know that if you put your mind to it, you can be anything you want to be in life!”
Westbrook is currently on the West Coast training with the San Francisco 49ers. His parents, Ron and Zelda Westbrook, were on hand to distribute the backpacks and school supplies.
BRIAN WESTBROOK PUT THE “THANKS” IN THANKGIVING FOR DISADVANTAGED PHILADELPHIA FAMILIES
Thanks to the generosity of Brian Westbrook, 50 of Philadelphia’s neediest families enjoyed a complete Thanksgiving meal in the privacy of their homes this holiday season. Westbrook was on-hand to personally distribute the packages on Monday, November 23rd.
Brian contacted Rebuilding Together Philadelphia asking them to identify 50 needy families to be benefactors. Helping others is nothing new for Westbrook. For years Westbrook has distributed meals to the less fortunate through his charitable arm, Brian’s Blessings, and has been truly amazed by the support of the community. In this philanthropic effort Westbrook sought to touch the lives of Philadelphia residents who often struggle day-to-day to keep food on the table and come under great stress during the holiday season. With rising energy costs and a slowing economy, it means that more people than ever will be depending on local food banks this year.
Westbrook wanted to make sure no family has to make the difficult decision between heating their home and putting a hot meal on the table this holiday season or throughout the winter.
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES’ BRIAN WESTBROOK TO PUT “HAPPY” IN THE HOLIDAYS FOR LESS FORTUNATE PHILADELPHIA AREA CHILDREN
Philadelphia Eagles’ Running Back Brian Westbrook will host holiday celebration for less fortunate children and at-risk youth. Thanks to the generosity of Philadelphia Eagles’ Running Back Brian Westbrook, some of Philadelphia’s neediest children will enjoy gifts they may not otherwise receive this holiday season. The player will be on-hand to personally distribute the toys.
Helping others is nothing new for Westbrook. For several years he has provided Thanksgiving meals and other support to those in need in the Philadelphia area. In this philanthropic effort Westbrook seeks to touch the lives of families who often struggle day-to-day to keep food on the table, a roof above their heads and come under great stress during the holiday season. With rising energy costs and a slow economy, it means that more people than ever will be depending on the generosity of others this year. Westbrook wants to make sure no family has to make the difficult decision between heating their home, putting a hot meal on the table, or providing a little joy to their children during the holidays.
“In November, it was very humbling for me to participate in giving turkeys and other food to others for Thanksgiving. My hope is to inspire these kids and to let them know people care about them and that they can be and do anything they want in life,” Westbrook says. “I am so blessed to be in a position to share with others and to be a part of teaching the kids that it’s important to be involved in the community.”
“The Gift of Giving”
During the holidays many disadvantaged children will not only go without gifts for themselves but will not be able to give even the smallest gift to someone else. These circumstances often lead to lower self-esteem and feelings of worthlessness. By helping these children experience “the gift of giving,” Westbrook aims to make their holidays a bit brighter and bolster their feelings of self-worth. In addition to toys for the kids, Westbrook will be providing gifts for the children’s loved ones. Children will be able to choose a gift for their loved one and wrap it during the holiday celebration. The children will enjoy a pizza party provided by Papa John’s and will have the opportunity to make their own holiday craft.
In August 2010, Brian was nominated for the Jefferson Award for Public Service through All Stars Helping Kids
Past recipients of Jefferson Awards include, Oprah Winfrey, Colin Powell, Lance Armstrong and Bill and Melinda Gates. All Stars and the Jefferson Awards are committed to working with all nominated athletes, their representatives and their teams to help each nominee enhance their philanthropic efforts and ensure the public is made aware of their good deeds. The public will be able to vote for their favorite nominees online and via text message as well as make donations in support of the nominee’s charity of choice.
Known as the “Nobel Prize for public service,” the awards are presented each year during a special gala ceremony in Washington, D.C. where a broad array of honorees are recognized – from high-profile individuals who have dedicated the better part of their lives to public service to celebrated professional athletes to largely unheralded community-based volunteers.