Tuesday, August 28, 2012

An Ode To Brian Westbrook

Unlike most sports fans, my first encounters with Brian Westbrook came from watching him torch opponents at Villanova Stadium in 1998. As a 10 year old, it seemed like he scored ten touchdowns a game. He wasn't the fastest (only ran a 4.5 forty at the combine) or the biggest (5'9 is very generous) but he was a tough SOB. Despite the fact that he won the Payton Award three years later, Westbrook's 1998 season was still his best, despite the fact that coaches gave the Payton Award to another running back in his conference still offends me to this day. Yes, Jerry Azumah rushed for more than 2,000 yards, but Brian Westbrook had 1,000 rushing yards, 1,000 receiving yards, and nearly 1,000 return yards. When you add the fact that Villanova threw the ball a ton, Westbrook's numbers are even more impressive.

Anyway, enough of my ranting. It was announced today that Brian Westbrook will formally retire as a member of the Eagles. As a Giants fan, I was always torn when Westbrook would play against the Giants, because I knew that he could make one or two plays that would kill the Giants, a team he was always at his best against. Nonetheless, I miss seeing Brian Westbrook on the football field, as he's always been such a fine representative of Villanova whether the cameras were rolling or not.

Thank you Brian, and enjoy your retirement.

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