Brian Westbrook to retire as Philadelphia Eagle

The Philadelphia Eagles continue to do right by their former heroes. Earlier this season, they honored Brian Dawkins in a stirring ceremony at the NovaCare Complex. The team will do the same with Brian Westbrook Wednesday in South Philadelphia.

The former star running back played eight seasons for the Birds, leaving in 2009 as the franchise leader with 9,785 total yards from scrimmage. He spent one mostly uneventful season in San Francisco in 2010.

Westbrook ranks second all-time in rushing yards (5,995), third in receptions (426) and total touchdowns (68). The Eagles will honor him again on Dec. 23 at the Linc during halftime against the Washington Redskins.

Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie released the following statement:

“l always remember Brian for the electrifying, game-changing plays he made during his great career in Philadelphia. 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. He was a great runner, receiver and returner and was certainly a fan favorite. We are thrilled to have him retire as an Eagle and we look forward to honoring him at Lincoln Financial Field on December 23 against the Redskins in what should be a very exciting atmosphere.”

Westbrook, 32, will address the Philly media at a formal press conference Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. On Tuesday, he thanked the fans via Twitter: “Thank you everyone!! It was a Great pleasure to be an Eagle for 8 years I Truly appreciate all of the support!! Love you guys”

Coach Andy Reid also sang Westbrook’s praises after Tuesday’s practice.

“I think the world of the guy and one of the smartest players I ever coached,” Reid said. “He’s got a phenomenal mind on him. [It’s a] tribute to that that university out there, Villanova.”

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