March 4, 2015

The Philly Fifty, #26: Brian Westbrook, Eagles

For the complete list and explanation of criteria and scoring, check out the Philly Fifty page

Longevity – 3

It seems like longer, but Brian Westbrook spent 8 seasons with the Eagles, only 5 of which he was a full-time, and healthy, starter.

Peak – 4

At his peak, Westbrook was one of the top 2 or 3 offensive weapons the league. 2007 was his best season, when he led the NFL with 2,104 yards from scrimmage. He ran for over 1,300 yards that year and was only the 7th RB in history to catch over 90 balls.

Popularity – 4

Westbrook’s exciting game and unselfish attitude made him a fan favorite in Philly.

Team Success – 4

Westbrook was an integral part of the most successful period in Eagles history. During his 8 seasons, the team went 81-46, including 6 playoff victories, 3 conference championships and one Super Bowl appearance.

Awards – 2

Westbrook wasn’t really one to compile huge numbers, as Andy Reid avoided really pounding him as RB. As a result, he only made 2 pro bowls (2004, 2007) and 2 all-pro teams (2003, 2007).

Stats – 4

Westrbook is 2nd all-time in Eagles history in rushing yards (5,995), with the highest Yards/Attempt (4.6) of any RB in the top-10 (Cunningham and McNabb are higher). He is also 3rd in rushing TDs (37). Equally impressive are his numbers as a receiver. He is 3rd in team history in catches (426), 11th in yards (3,790) and 10th in receiving TDs (29). He also had 39 punt returns with a 12.8 yard average and 2 TD’s.

Historical Standing – 2

Westbrook probably isn’t a Hall of Famer as his style of play didn’t really lend itself to piling up stats. As with many running backs, the road to the hall is more about durability than elite-level play, and B-West was more the latter.

Excitement – 5

One of the most exciting, if not the most exciting, players in franchise history, Westbrook had a knack for making people miss and would often break off long runs without being touched. His quickness and big play ability made him stand out among his peers. This helped too.

Total: 28

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  1. joof says:

    Awesome player. I personally wouldve put cunningham ahead of westbrook, and shilling behind westbrook.
    I think he was the best player in the entire Eagles era between the mid 90s to 2010′s plus

    • Pete says:

      Yeah, Schilling and Westbrook were technically “tied” in the point total so they are basically interchangeable. I put Westbrook in front based on the team success mostly. Cunningham was just behind them, again with the team success being the difference between him and B-West.

  2. joof says:

    I cant believe he only made 2 pro bowls. Maybe he was injured, I dont pay attention to all pro teams. Are they harder to make than a pro bowl?

  3. Thanks for the article and hope to read from you again. Pete, What motivated you to call this blog “The Philly Fifty, #26: Brian Westbrook, Eagles”, not that the title does not go with the content, I am just wondering. Thank you for the info Pete.

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