December 18, 2007 |
Will Brian Westbrook make the Pro Bowl? We probably all agree that he should. After all, the Eagles running back leads the NFL with 1,896 yards from scrimmage. He is fifth in rushing - second in the NFC - with 1,191 yards and tied for fourth in the NFC in receiving with 83 catches. Plus, Westbrook made perhaps the heads-up play of the decade by plopping down at the 1-yard line Sunday so the Eagles didn't have to give the ball back to the Cowboys. But will other NFL players - they do the voting - recognize that he carried the Birds' offense single-handedly for much of the season?
September 18, 2006 |
The Eagles' Brian Westbrook and the Giants' Tiki Barber spent this past week answering questions about each other, mainly because of their similar size and roles as offensive playmakers. In yesterday's game, Westbrook won the statistical battle, but that was all. On a rare subpar day when the Eagles made Barber look much more mortal than the 1,800-yard rusher of a year ago, it added up to nothing more than an unfulfilling consolation prize for the Birds. The Giants overcame a 24-7 fourth-quarter deficit to stun the Eagles, 30-24, in overtime.
November 19, 2009 |
If Brian Westbrook relies on the advice of the two Pittsburgh concussion experts he saw yesterday, the Eagles' franchise running back seems likely to return to the field, quite possibly this season. The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center released a statement last night, after Westbrook was examined by Dr. Joseph Maroon and Dr. Michael (Micky) Collins, a neurosurgeon and a neuropsychologist who work closely with Dr. Mark Lovell, director of the center's concussion program and developer of the treatment protocols the NFL uses.
January 31, 2005 |
Sometimes Brian Westbrook wondered whether his peers noticed. Now he knows for sure that they did. Proof of it came when the Eagles running back with the ability to also make big plays as a receiver became the first news story of Super Bowl XXXIX. The news was that Westbrook will head to Hawaii as a member of the NFC Pro Bowl squad after the Eagles face the New England Patriots in the NFL title game Sunday at Alltel Stadium. "A lot of people weren't expecting this, and I wasn't either at this point, because it had been so long since everybody was chosen," Westbrook said last night after the Eagles arrived at the Sawgrass Marriott Resort and Spa on Jacksonville Beach.
December 8, 2008
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - It is not every day that an NFL player breaks his franchise's record for yards from scrimmage. It is almost never that the guy who held the record, who held it for a quarter-century, is standing on the sideline, watching and cheering. When Brian Westbrook caught that 40-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter of yesterday's 20-14 win at Giants Stadium - a beautiful display of everything Westbrook, a play on which he stayed in to help with blocking the Giants' pass rush, then leaked out of the backfield, caught a pass from Donovan McNabb and ran away from Giants linebacker Antonio Pierce - Harold Carmichael watched.
August 9, 2008 |
PITTSBURGH - When Brian Westbrook's new deal - or, more correctly, the reworking of his old deal - was finally complete, both sides emphasized one thing: how byzantine the process and the agreement turned out to be. Afterward, Westbrook, 28, explained that he didn't play in the Eagles' preseason opener - a 16-10 loss to the host Steelers - because he was reviewing the new pact almost up until game time. "I wanted to make sure everything they said was in there was in there," said Westbrook, who said he and Eagles player personnel vice president Howie Roseman conferred with agent Todd France by phone as they went over the pact.
October 4, 2006 |
Eagles coach Andy Reid says he can't wait to play the Dallas Cowboys Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles players also are looking forward to what should be one of the most hyped games in recent NFL regular-season history. Whether Brian Westbrook is part of the Eagles' caravan is a much bigger question. The running back did not play in Monday's 31-9 win over the Green Bay Packers because of inflammation in his right knee. In the last three weeks, Westbrook has practiced very little, but he had been able to play in each game until Monday.
June 5, 2012 |
SEVENTEEN-YEAR-OLD Naasir Westbrook's life revolved around three things: boxing, preparing for the SATs and pulling up to school early every morning in the Buick Regal his parents bought him, so the girls would swoon. "He liked the girls to see him pull up in his car," Westbrook's mother, Teauntay Gilliard, 35, said Sunday, smiling sadly as she scrolled through photos of her son, who was gunned down Thursday night on 5th Street near Watkins in South Philadelphia, blocks from his home and a few doors away from his grandmother's house.
December 13, 2007 |
THE ONE TIME Brian Westbrook went to the Pro Bowl, it seemed like just about any Eagles starter had a shot at a trip to Hawaii - 10 Birds either were selected originally in that Super Bowl season of 2004 or ended up going as injury replacements. Westbrook was in the latter category, earning his berth only when Seattle's Shaun Alexander pulled out. This time ought to be different. Most years, including last season, when Westbrook surely was one of the most dynamic players in the NFL, the Pro Bowl snub has been explained away with a lot of tap dancing about how much of his value comes from catching passes, and how the Pro Bowl berths tend to go to guys who really carry the mail, whose rushing totals dwarf Westbrook's.
July 28, 2009 |
For a rookie, LeSean McCoy sure has it made in the shade. The Eagles running back completed his first day of training camp yesterday and, despite the demands being placed upon his 21-year-old hide, McCoy looked as cool as his nickname. It helps to have a support staff nearby and the support of fans looking for great things from the local product. However, there's the constant reminder that if the season were to start today, "Shady" would be the Eagles starting running back, and that's a lot to ask from a first-year tailback.