Former Philadelphia Eagles running back Brian Westbrook will officially announce his retirement Wednesday at a 11:30 a.m. press conference, the organization announced Tuesday. Westbrook, an all-purpose back that was a member of the franchise for eight seasons, will retire as an Eagle.
Westbrook, a Villanova University alum, joined the team in 2002 as a third-round draft pick, but did not see significant playing time until '04 when he compiled 812 rushing yards, and caught 73 passes (a league-high for running backs) for 703 yards.
After an injury plagued '05 season, Westbrook set a career-mark of 1,217-rushing yards in '06. He also led the team with 73 receptions for 699-receiving yards.
Westbrook left the team in 2009 as the franchise's all-time leader in yards from scrimmage (9,785). However, Westbrook's greatness was limited as injuries plague the 5'10, 203 pound tailback.
To honor Westbrook, the franchise will hold a halftime ceremony, Dec. 23, when the team hosts the Washington Redskins.