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August 18, 2002 | By Ron Reid INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Brian Westbrook fumbled the first punt he tried to return last night in the Eagles' penalty-slathered, 16-15 exhibition loss to the Super Bowl champion Patriots. Westbrook also bobbled the first kickoff he returned and dubiously fair-caught another punt on the Eagles 15-yard line - mistakes befitting a rookie playing his first NFL game at length, before a sellout crowd, on the road. But Westbrook also typified what coach Andy Reid said after the game, referring to the young Eagles who played in the first contest at Gillette Stadium, the Patriots' $325 million new stadium.
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February 9, 2007 | By Marc Narducci INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Their stories entering and leaving college have similarities, and Byron Westbrook hopes that his situation can continue to mirror that of his famous brother as he makes his long-shot bid for a place in the NFL. A cornerback who completed his senior season in 2006 with five interceptions at Division III Salisbury University (Md.), Westbrook faces much longer odds against entering pro football than his older brother Brian, the Eagles' all-purpose running back. Both suffered injuries in their senior seasons at DeMatha High in Hyattsville, Md. Thanks largely to their injuries and their size - short - neither got the chance to play at a Division I-A college.
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August 31, 2012 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
When it comes to the physical talents of Brian Westbrook and the "Oh, my" moments that could take one by surprise, Andy Talley had a little head start on the rest of us. Talley already knew that Westbrook was a great athlete and a good student and - maybe, just maybe - good enough to succeed at college football when the head coach began to recruit him to Villanova. There were drawbacks, of course. Westbrook was generously listed as 5-foot-8 as he came to an end of his high school career at DeMatha in the suburban Washington town of Hyattsville, Md. He was a two-sport star but had also damaged his hip flexor and had a partially torn anterior cruciate ligament in one knee.
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August 31, 2012
EVERY YEAR, the Eagles stage workouts for draft-eligible college players from the Philadelphia area - some as a courtesy, some because they are interested. On that day in the spring of 2002, in a Villanova running back named Brian Westbrook, the Eagles were cautiously interested. They had watched Westbrook play for Andy Talley at Villanova and could see a versatile, explosive playmaker. But they had seen the medical reports, too, and could see that Westbrook had torn his ACL in high school, and slipped on some ice at Villanova and underwent surgery, and that the knee was not right and would never be right.
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December 9, 2010 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
While waiting his turn to become the next great tailback at DeMatha High School in Hyattsville, Md., Patrick Mealy focused his attention on another swift and tough former DeMatha tailback who was making a name for himself in the NFL. When he finally was named the starter in his senior year, Mealy studied tapes of the star he had grown to idolize to see what made him excel, and glued himself to the television on NFL weekends whenever an Eagles game...
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August 2, 2005 | By Bob Brookover INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The man who so many believe is vital to the Eagles' Super Bowl hopes did not show up last night for coach Andy Reid's 7 o'clock team meeting at Lehigh University. Running back Brian Westbrook, in yet another stunning Eagles development, did not report to training camp. Wide receiver Terrell Owens, meanwhile, checked into his dormitory room dressed in a camouflage hat and shirt, appropriate attire considering his ongoing contract war with the Eagles and the fact that he was flanked by a media army big enough for an invasion.
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September 30, 2007 | By Bob Brookover INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The comparisons started in 2003, when Brian Westbrook emerged as the most explosive member of the Eagles' three-headed backfield monster, a weapon equally effective by land or by air. By then, Marshall Faulk's star was flickering in St. Louis. The injuries had added up and his gaudy offensive numbers were headed down, but the damage he had done with the Rams and Indianapolis Colts already was Hall of Fame worthy. Former Eagles linebacker Mark Simoneau described Westbrook as a combination of Barry Sanders and Faulk in 2003.
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April 27, 2002 | By Joe Juliano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Villanova coach Andy Talley hears the question wherever he goes, the one that quickly follows, "Hi, how are you?" How are you going to replace Brian Westbrook? The question has popped up often during this month of Villanova spring football practice, which ends today. It comes from the most passionate to the most casual of Villanova football fans, and with good reason. Westbrook is headed to the Eagles, who made him a third-round draft choice last weekend after a college career that saw him rewrite the record books of the Wildcats and the Atlantic Ten Football Conference, make the All-America team three times and win the 2001 Walter Payton Award as the top player in NCAA Division I-AA.
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November 17, 2009
Eagles running back Brian Westbrook's latest concussion is more than just an unfortunate setback in a brilliant football career. Westbrook's sidelining on Sunday has broader implications, since it also sends a message to college and high school athletes about returning to the field too soon after suffering a brain injury. While the first concern of everyone - Eagles fan or no - is that Westbrook heals fully, his injury in the game against the San Diego Chargers highlights the many uncertainties and dangers concussion-injured athletes face.
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July 21, 2008 | By Bob Brookover INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Brian Westbrook isn't happy with his contract, and he's not a big fan of training camp, either. But when you ask the Eagles running back about his football team and the coming season, he immediately becomes optimistic. "I think we'll be a good team," Westbrook said in a recent interview from his horse farm in Upper Marlboro, Md. "I think the last few years our health has been a big problem for us. Keeping everybody healthy, including myself, is important. " The long trek to opening day begins tonight when rookies and assorted veterans, including quarterback Donovan McNabb, are scheduled to report to Lehigh University for the start of training camp.
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July 9, 2014 | BY ANDREW ALBERT, Daily News Staff Writer alberta@phillynews.com
IKE REESE played quarterback. Brian Westbrook had a pass hit him in the face, and threw an interception of his own. Their team lost by 28 points. Things like this seldom happen, if ever, but they did on the turf at the Wells Fargo Center Monday night. Westbrook and Reese, along with Gary Cobb, Mike Mamula and Vince Papale played flag football against the Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team, which came in an undefeated 7-0. The veterans ran all over the NFL alumni, 63-35, but the score is not what mattered.
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February 25, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
INDIANAPOLIS - Lots of prospects at the NFL Scouting Combine still have a lot of growing up to do. Trevor Reilly, not so much. For one thing, Reilly, a defensive end-linebacker from Utah, is 26 years old. And then there's the fact that he's a married father of two whose younger daughter, 17-month-old Shayn, had a cancerous kidney tumor removed last summer. "She's doing well now," Reilly said. "The biggest thing about marriage for me is that I have a strong wife [Jessica].
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December 27, 2013 | BY MARCUS HAYES, Daily News Staff Writer hayesm@phillynews.com
WITH ALL due respect to Brian Westbrook, Duce Staley and the inimitable Ricky Watters, there never has been a back with the gifts of LeSean McCoy. Indeed, only the romance of the run by the La Salle men's basketball team and the shameless self-promotion of ageless boxer Bernard Hopkins kept McCoy from . . . er . . . running away with the award. Mostly, it's because the balloting ends a month before football season ends. Yes, McCoy has been enabled by flashy new coach Chip Kelly, who finished third in the voting.
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December 15, 2013 | By Tim McManus, Inquirer Staff Writer
A few minutes past seven Wednesday night, the West Chester football players filed into the fieldhouse at the NovaCare Complex. They dropped their bags against a wall, tossed aside the sweatshirts and coats they'd worn on the bus ride from campus to ward off the December chill, and pulled out their cell phones. They snapped photos of the practice field that usually belongs to the Eagles, but for a night, was all theirs. Such are the perks of being one of only four teams left playing in Division II football.
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May 5, 2013 | By Ed Rendell, For the Daily News
GRADING the draft 10 days after it ends is truly mission impossible. Virtually all of the experts agree that it takes at least 3 years before you can get an accurate reading. Nonetheless, we all do it. Chip Kelly's first draft as Eagles coach got generally good marks - I give it a solid B, a grade made more credible by the fact that it was the same as that given by the great Ray Didinger. There were a few naysaying analysts who opined that Kelly's strategy of picking the highest-rated player on the board resulted in us ignoring the greatest need: defense.
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April 26, 2013 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
ELEVEN YEARS ago, the Eagles hit the trifecta in the second and third rounds of the 2002 draft, selecting Colorado safety Michael Lewis, cornerback Sheldon Brown and a Division 1-AA running back by the name of Brian Westbrook. Lewis spent five seasons with the Eagles, three as a starter. Went to a Super Bowl and Pro Bowl with the Birds. Brown was a rock at right corner for the franchise, starting 98 games in eight seasons and helping the Eagles advance to five NFC Championship Games.
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April 19, 2013 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
CHIP KELLY'S first game as Eagles coach will be on a Monday night. But his third game will be just as intriguing. The Eagles' 2013 schedule came out on Thursday and they'll kick things off with a visit to Washington on Monday, Sept. 9. Ten days later, former coach Andy Reid returns to Lincoln Financial Field when the Chiefs play the Birds. Here's a look at the Birds' 2013 slate. Week 1 - Monday, Sept. 9 at Washington, 7:10 p.m., ESPN All-time series: Washington leads, 81-71-6.
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March 17, 2013 | By Dan Gelston, Associated Press
Only 33, Brian Westbrook already suffers from short-term memory loss. He can't remember names, recall facts, or retain new material moments after he's told them. Westbrook can trace his health problems to at least a pair of concussions suffered during a shortened nine-year career. That is why the former Eagle advised current Birds running back LeSean McCoy to take his time returning from a concussion last season. McCoy missed four games but refused to sit out the final two games for further rest because he called himself a "competitor.
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March 14, 2013 | By Molly Eichel
BRIAN WESTBROOK : Legendary Eagles running back, Hall of Fame kisser? The retired Eagle was in town last weekend at the St. Patrick's Day Parade, reppin' shave company Gillette. If you didn't recognize him, there might be a good reason: Gillette persuaded him to shave his long-standing goatee. Why did Westbrook go facially bald? He said that 85 percent of women (polled by people who make money in the anti-beard business, mind you) prefer kissing a clean-shaven face. "I was very hesitant.
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March 5, 2013 | By Peter Mucha, Philly.com Staff WriterHere are the answers to “Eaglesand black quarterbacks: A quiz.”
Here are the answers to " Eagles and black quarterbacks: A quiz . " 1. Rodney Peete was the Eagles starting quarterback for 24 games from 1995 to 1998, including a memorable playoff win, 58-37, over Detroit in 1995. Donovan McNabb had an Eagles record 142 starts (five more than Ron Jaworski), Cunningham had 107, and Vick has had 35. Those 308 starts are equivalent to more than 19 full seasons. 2. Vince Young , a former Tennessee Titans starter, started three games for the Eagles after Vick got hurt in 2011, and played in three others.
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