Brian Westbrook Will Retire As An Eagle

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Eagles great Brian Westbrook will return to Philadelphia to announce the end of his NFL career in a press conference Wednesday.

Brian Westbrook will come home to close his career: after not playing the 2011 season, the Eagles' great will announce his retirement with the franchise where he played eight NFL seasons.

Westbrook was a perfect fit for Philly's NFL squad coming out of Villanova, and although he didn't catch on immediately, the running back quickly became a pivotal player on the mid-2000's Eagles teams that would routinely go deep into the playoffs. Westbrook was not only a great rusher, but also an excellent target for Donovan McNabb out of the backfield, and is one of only six players with both 30 rushing and receiving touchdowns. Westbrook was a Pro Bowler twice in 2004 after the Eagles' Super Bowl appearance and again in 2007 when he ran for a career-high 1,333 yards while setting a franchise record in receptions. He retires with the Eagles' all-time record in yards from scrimmage with 9,785.

Although he spent the final year of his career in San Francisco, its understandable that he wants to retire where he made his legacy. In addition to Wednesday's press conference, a ceremony for Westbrook will be held at halftime of the Eagles' Dec. 23 game against the Redskins.

For more on the Eagles, head over to Bleeding Green Nation as well as SB Nation Philly.

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