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Top Five Memorable Brian Westbrook Moments

Brian WestbrookOver the course of the last eight years, there has been one constant on the Philadelphia Eagles. Philadelphia Eagles fans were guaranteed exciting plays and moments from #36, Brian Westbrook. Whether it was breaking a long run for a TD, a spectacular kick return, or turning a negative screen pass into a doubled-digit touchdown, Brian Westbrook never disappointed. Here is a look back at five memorable moments in the great career of Brian Westbrook on the Philadelphia Eagles.

Oct. 19, 2003 – The Philadelphia Eagles vs. the New York Giants. One of the most memorable plays in all of Philadelphia sports history came on this day. With less than two minutes to go, the Eagles trailed the Giants 10-7 on the road. Brian Westbrook received a Jeff Feagles punt on the Eagles 16-yard line. Westbrook turned a routine punt into a dazzling 84-yard punt return giving the Eagles a 14-10, sealing a huge division win. This singular moment is credited with turning a disappointing start into a run that took them all of the way to the NFC championship game.

Nov 10, 2007 – The Philadelphia Eagles vs. the Washington Redskins. This was yet another tough divisional game on the road for the birds in mid-season. The Eagles trailed the Redskins 20-25 late in the fourth quarter. Once again, Brian Westbrook put the team on his shoulders and turned the game around. Westbrook took a screen pass which he caught behind the line of scrimmage 57 yards for a touchdown. The score sealed the deal for the birds and once again, is credited from turning a disappointing season into another playoff run.

Jan. 4, 2009 – The Philadelphia Eagles vs. the Minnesota Vikings. This was clutch football at its finest courtesy of B’West. On the road in the Wild Card round of the NFL playoffs, the Eagles were leading a tight one against the Vikings. Going into the fourth quarter it looked like the momentum was swinging towards the Vikings until Westbrook once again sealed the deal. Westbrook took a simple screen pass from Donovan McNabb 71 yards to pay dirt and put the game away with a 26-14 lead.

Dec. 16, 2007 – The Philadelphia Eagles vs. the Dallas Cowboys. While most NFL players are remembered for scoring touchdowns, this moment is remembered for the touchdown that wasn’t scored. The Eagles were underdogs and holding onto a 10-6 lead in the fourth quarter. The birds had the ball with 2:19 to go and the Cowboys had no timeouts. From the Dallas 25, Westbrook broke through a wall and sprinted all of the way down the field towards the end zone when he stopped on the 1-yard line and took a knee. Fantasy football owners are still in frenzied over the play! Instead of going into score and giving the Cowboys the ball back, Westbrook took the knee and allowed the Eagles to smartly run out the clock and steal a win.

Dec. 07, 2008 – The Philadelphia Eagles vs. the New York Giants. Anyone see a theme here? Here we go again, five years later. This was one of the biggest days in Brian Westbrook’s Eagle career. Westbrook once again put the team on his back and collected 203 yards of total offense on the day. Westbrook ran for 131 yards on a career-high 33 carries and scored two touchdowns. The game’s memorable moment came on the third play of the fourth quarter. On a 3rd and 11 from the Giants 40-yard line, Westbrook took a short pass from McNabb and blew past Antonio Pierce for a 40-yard touchdown. The image of Westbrook blowing past Pierce has turned into an iconic image in its own right.

For these moments and an exciting eight years, Brian Westbrook will go down as one of the most popular Philadelphia Eagles of our generation.

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