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Brian Westbrook will retire with Eagles

It’s a fitting end for one of the franchise’s great tailbacks. (Matt Rourke/Associated Press)

The team will honor Westbrook at halftime of its Dec. 23 home game against its NFC East rivals, the Washington Redskins. Westbrook will speak at a Wednesday morning press conference, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

“I will always remember Brian for the electrifying, game-changing plays he made during his great career in Philadelphia,” Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said. “He was one of those players you knew could score from anywhere on the field and one of the most exciting players I have ever watched.”

Thank you Philadelphia for all of the great memories and support throughout the years!! The Best Fans in The WORLD!!!

— Brian Westbrook (@36westbrook) August 28, 2012

The 32-year-old Westbrook, who did not play last season after spending one year in San Francisco, amassed 6,335 rushing yards, 3,940 receiving yards and 71 total touchdowns during his career. He remains Philadelphia’s all-time leader in total yards from scrimmage with 9,875.

Andy Reid on versatile Brian Westbrook, who retires w/ #Eagles Wednesday: “You weren’t going to run out of gigabytes with Brian Westbrook.”

— Bob Grotz (@BobGrotz) August 28, 2012

A former third-round pick out of Villanova, Westbrook had a career year in 2007 when he rushed for 1,333 yards and caught 90 passes for another 771 yards. His back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons earned him a hefty new five-year contract with the Eagles, but concussions and other injuries plagued his final two seasons in Philadelphia.

The announcement comes one week after former Redskins running back Clinton Portis announced his retirment. Portis was selected ahead of Westbrook, at No. 51 overall by the Broncos, in the 2002 NFL draft.

An ultimate team player, Westbrook took a knee at the 1-yard-line during a 2007 game against the Cowboys instead of waltzing into the end zone untouched. Although the move will go down in history as one of the most frustrating plays in fantasy football history, it helped Philadelphia run out the clock and seal a key road win.

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Matt Brooks is the high school sports editor for The Washington Post. He's an Arlington native and longtime District resident and was previously a high school sports reporter, editor for several blogs and Early Lead contributor with The Post.


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