Saturday, August 9, 2014
Villanova football season countdown: 20 is for...
Leading up to the opening game of the Villanova football season on August 29 against Syracuse, Fact on Villanova Sports will be counting down the days between now and the beginning of the football season using the jersey numbers of Villanova football players of the past and present. For as many numbers as possible, effort will be taken to introduce players from the current team, with the exception of "important" players from the past. Also, it's a ton of work to get pictures of all the players, so it may be incomplete. Oh well.
Running Back: 1997-2001
By stats or intuition, Brian Westbrook is simply the greatest player Villanova has ever had. He is the school's career rushing leader by a good margin, ended his collegiate career as the NCAA career leader in all purpose yards, was the first (and to this point only) player in NCAA history to gain 1,000 rushing and receiving yards in the same season, and has more than double the touchdowns as the second person on the Villanova career list. It also doesn't hurt his cause that he had an NFL career in which he was a two time All-Pro for the Philadelphia Eagles. After a senior season in which he gained 2,823 total yards and scored 29 touchdowns in only 11 games, Westbrook became the second player in school history to win the Walter Payton Award, after Brian Finneran won the award just four years earlier.
Let me just add that he achieved everything he did in college on one knee
4,298 Rushing Yards
2,582 Receiving Yards
2,289 Return Yards
84 Total Touchdowns