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Westbrook to retire with Eagles

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Former Pro Bowl running back Brian Westbrook will walk away from football as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles, the team announced.

Westbrook, the franchise leader with 9,875 total yards from scrimmage, will officially announce his retirement on Wednesday. He spent eight seasons in Philadelphia, the last one in 2009.

"Thank you everyone!!" Westbrook wrote on Twitter. "It was a Great pleasure to be an Eagle for 8 years I Truly appreciate all of the support!! Love you guys"

Westbrook, a Villanova alumnus, will be the third former Eagle to retire with the team this summer, joining Brian Dawkins and Tra Thomas.

In eight seasons with Philadelphia, Westbrook rushed for 5,995 yards and 37 touchdowns, and added 3,790 receiving yards and another 29 touchdowns. He played on the 2004-05 team that lost to New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXIX. He last played in the NFL in 2010 with the San Francisco 49ers.

"I will always remember Brian for the electrifying, game-changing plays he made during his great career in Philadelphia," Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said. "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."

The team will honor Westbrook at Lincoln Financial Field on Dec. 23 during halftime against the Washington Redskins.

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