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December 18, 2007 | BY THE SPORTS STAFF
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?
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September 18, 2006 | By Marc Narducci INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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November 19, 2009 | By LES BOWEN, bowenl@phillynews.com
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.
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January 31, 2005 | By Bob Brookover INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
SPORTS
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.
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August 9, 2008 | By LES BOWEN, bowenl@phillynews.com
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.
SPORTS
October 4, 2006 | By Marc Narducci INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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December 13, 2007 | By LES BOWEN, bowenl@phillynews.com
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.
NEWS
June 5, 2012 | By Morgan Zalot, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
July 28, 2009 | By Jeff McLane INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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March 20, 2016 | By Keith Pompey, STAFF WRITER
Resting Serge Ibaka wasn't nearly enough. The Oklahoma City Thunder would have had to sit Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant as well to make it a fair fight. Westbrook posted a triple-double and Durant had a double-double Friday night as the Thunder turned a mismatch on paper into just that on the Wells Fargo Center court, defeating the 76ers, 111-97. "It's as much as a disposition to me as it is a skill package," Sixers coach Brett Brown said of the duo. "There is a competitive anger that you see in their faces, a determination and a will that you can't put any stat on. And that sort of feeling and that sort of competitiveness trickles down to all of them.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
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 6, 2015 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
OKLAHOMA CITY - The 76ers came close to ruining Russell Westbrook's ballyhooed return. Isaiah Canaan had an epic performance. Jason Richardson found the fountain of youth. And the no-quit Sixers overcame their miscues and shooting droughts. But the Oklahoma City Thunder managed to escape with a 123-118 overtime victory Wednesday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Westbrook finished with a career-high 49 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists to record his fourth straight triple-double.
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February 18, 2015 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Russell Westbrook's latest accomplishment could be used as motivation for the 76ers, especially Tony Wroten. A year ago, Westbrook was unable to play in the NBA All-Star Game after undergoing a third surgery on his right knee. But Sunday night, the Oklahoma City Thunder point guard had one of the best All-Star Game performances of all time. He was named MVP after finishing with 41 points off the bench to lead the West all-stars to a 163-158 victory at Madison Square Garden.
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February 17, 2015 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
NEW YORK - Sometimes at an NBA All-Star Game, you will see something you haven't before. Though the lack of defense is always a given, some things are not. That came in a few forms last night at Madison Square Garden. Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook scored a record 27 points in the first half, eclipsing the mark of 24 in one half set by Glenn Rice in 1997 and Kyrie Irving last season. Westbrook finished the game with 41 points, leading the West to a 163-158 win. The record for points in a game, 42, was set by Wilt Chamberlain in 1962.
SPORTS
June 20, 2014 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
WANT TO SEE Brian Westbrook in action again? The former Eagles running back will be among the ex- NFL players and other celebs who will play in next month's "Tribute to Heroes" Flag Football Challenge at the Wells Fargo Center. Westbrook will play for the NFL Stars alumni team that will take on the Wounded Warrior Amputees squad on Military Appreciation Night on Monday, July 7. The flag football tilt will begin at 6 p.m. and will be followed by the Soul vs. Orlando Predator's AFL game at 8. The Wounded Warriors are comprised of veteran service members use prosthetic devices.
SPORTS
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
SPORTS
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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