One of the many tailbacks who bridged the seven-decade gap in Philly from Steve Van Buren to LeSean McCoy was Brian Westbrook, a third-round pick from Villanova who became one of the best running backs in the business.

Westbrook officially will retire on Wednesday as a member of the Eagles.

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“I will always remember Brian for the electrifying, game-changing plays he made during his great career in Philadelphia,” owner Jeffrey Lurie said in a release.  “He was one of those players you knew could score from anywhere on the field and one of the most exciting players I have ever watched.  He was a great runner, receiver and returner and was certainly a fan favorite.  We are thrilled to have him retire as an Eagle and we look forward to honoring him at Lincoln Financial Field on December 23 against the Redskins in what should be a very exciting atmosphere.”

Westbrook finished his Eagles career in 2009 with 9,785 yards from scrimmage, a team record.  He also is only one of six players with 30 or more rushing touchdowns and 30 or more receiving touchdowns in his career.  In 2007, he led the league with 2,104 yards from scrimmage.

Westbrook holds the team record for receptions in a season with 90, and he’s the most recent Eagle to score a franchise-high four touchdowns in one game.

Westbrook currently appears on SiriusXM NFL Radio, and he has worked with NBC Sports Network.  He’s a class act all the way, and we wish him well in the next phase of his career.