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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
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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August 6, 2015 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
THEIR INTRODUCTIONS were separated by about seven hours and 700 yards. Brian Westbrook came first, strolling out of the tunnel in the southeast corner of Lincoln Financial Field wearing a white floppy cap and an Eagles polo. Jimmy Rollins came second, stepping into the batter's box at Citizens Bank Park wearing road grays and a blue Dodgers helmet. This was yesterday, a Tuesday in early August that would have had nothing going for it if not for a couple of coincidentally scheduled events that returned two of the greatest athletes in Philadelphia history to their home crowd.
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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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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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May 23, 2016 | By Jeff McLane, STAFF WRITER
The common refrain heard every year by the time the NFL draft reaches the seventh round is that sometimes it's better not to be selected at all than among the final picks. If you're a prospect that's good enough to be chosen at that stage, you'll likely be one of the more sought-after rookies once the free-agency spree for undrafted players begins at the conclusion of the draft. So rather than be earmarked to one team - that may not be of your preference - you now have multiple teams from which to chose.
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March 23, 2016 | By Jeff McLane, STAFF WRITER
BOCA RATON, Fla. - Could the Eagles draft Ezekiel Elliott with the eighth pick overall in April's draft? Howie Roseman wants the rest of the NFL to think so, or so it would seem. The Eagles vice president of football operations never mentioned the Ohio State product by name on Monday, but it was clear he was referencing Elliott when asked about the value of selecting a running back early in the draft. "There's this narrative that you can get running backs in the fifth, sixth, seventh round and undrafted free agency," Roseman said at the league meetings.
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February 12, 2016 | By Les Bowen, Staff Writer
HE RAN a post pattern, Greg Lewis recalls, faking a safety to the outside, digging hard inside, coming free down the middle in the end zone for the 30-yard Donovan McNabb touchdown pass. For Eagles fans, the narrative about the last touchdown drive of Super Bowl XXXIX will always be about how long the sequence took (three minutes, 52 seconds to cover 79 yards in 13 plays, or, in talk-radio lore, forever and a day) and what McNabb was doing, as the minutes dwindled (trying to recover from a hit to the ribs, or, in talk-radio lore, puking, pouting over draft-day booing, pondering what would happen in the event of a tie)
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January 15, 2016 | By Mike Jensen, STAFF WRITER
The little stadium just off Lancaster Avenue - the first sight of Villanova's campus if you're coming out from the city - that's Andy Talley's stadium. For more than three decades, his office has been under the grandstand, nearest Lancaster. "The bomb shelter," Talley calls it. Call it Talley Stadium. That would be a big-time move for Villanova, and Andy Talley always fought to be big-time. That would also be the fitting move after Wednesday's announcement that the Wildcats football coach is retiring after the 2016 season, to be replaced by assistant head coach Mark Ferrante, which gets Talley's full endorsement.
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October 21, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
DeMeco Ryans was having his best performance of the season Monday night before he left the Eagles' 27-7 win over the Giants in the second quarter with a hamstring injury. Ryans did not return in the second half. "I could go back in, but I wasn't going to be all the way 100 [percent]," Ryans said. "We'll see how it goes [this week]. " Ryans, the Eagles' veteran inside linebacker, played a bigger role with Kiko Alonso and Mychal Kendricks out of the lineup. He had an interception and a fumble recovery.
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August 6, 2015 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
THEIR INTRODUCTIONS were separated by about seven hours and 700 yards. Brian Westbrook came first, strolling out of the tunnel in the southeast corner of Lincoln Financial Field wearing a white floppy cap and an Eagles polo. Jimmy Rollins came second, stepping into the batter's box at Citizens Bank Park wearing road grays and a blue Dodgers helmet. This was yesterday, a Tuesday in early August that would have had nothing going for it if not for a couple of coincidentally scheduled events that returned two of the greatest athletes in Philadelphia history to their home crowd.
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April 16, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles might think DeMarco Murray is a better fit for Chip Kelly's offense, but Brian Westbrook is not convinced. The former Pro Bowl running back heard that the Eagles favored Murray's one-cut running style. But he doesn't think that explanation is totally fair to LeSean McCoy, who followed Westbrook in the Eagles backfield. "I hear that a lot about Murray being a one-cut runner - it's easy being a one-cut runner when your holes are [as wide] as a truck," Westbrook said in an interview after speaking on a panel at Villanova's Moorad Sports Law Journal Symposium last week.
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March 7, 2015
For 17 consecutive seasons, the Eagles' lead running backs have been Duce Staley, Brian Westbrook, and LeSean McCoy. Each was drafted and developed by the Eagles. Duce Staley 1998-2002 Brian Westbrook 2003-2008 LeSean McCoy 2009-2014
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January 4, 2015 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
LESEAN MCCOY set the bar exceptionally high for himself entering this season. More than 1,600 yards on the ground, a rushing title and preseason chatter of a 2,000-yard campaign tend to have that effect. And while McCoy's sixth NFL season - his second under coach Chip Kelly - didn't live up to the one that preceded it, the Eagles' running back added several more lines to his resume in 2014, chief among them the title as the franchise's all-time leading rusher. McCoy, who finished fifth in the Daily News Sportsperson of the Year voting, finishes the regular season third in the league in rushing, with 1,319 yards - his second-best single-season mark - to go with his five touchdowns.
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December 26, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
LeSEAN McCOY has played 6 years, is the Eagles' all-time leading rusher, with 6,693 yards heading into Sunday's season finale at the Giants, but has never played on a team that won a playoff game. One of the crushing realities of the Eagles' December swoon is that it won't happen this season, either, for the back whose only postseason action will come next month in the Pro Bowl, as one of five Eagles selections. "It's tough," McCoy said this week. "Every year, you strive to get to the playoffs, get there, and hopefully have a nice, little run, get a chance to get to the Super Bowl.
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