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Brian Westbrook To Retire As Eagle On Wednesday

Former Philadelphia Eagles running back Brian Westbrook will retire as a member of the organization on Wednesday.

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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.

For more on the retirement of Brian Westbrook, check out our Eagles blog Bleeding Green Nation and our Villanova blog VUHoops.