Eagles legend Brian Westbrook accepts executive role with XFL

Brian Westbrook, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
Brian Westbrook, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images) /

It’s always fun to keep up with former Philadelphia Eagles, especially those we consider to be fan favorites. Paying attention to the legends of the midnight and kelly green is always a mandatory exercise. Check all of those boxes for Brian Westbrook.

According to the XFL’s official webpage and Westbrook’s official Twitter account, the best player to ever wear the Number 36 jersey in franchise history has accepted a new role. He’ll now tackle a new career as their Director of Player Engagement.

It appears that he’s relatively happy about his opportunity, as he should be.

Here’s a quick glance at what the Eagles legend’s role will be (and a trip down memory lane).

Most of us were probably going to tune in to see what another XFL reboot has to offer. Now, we can do so with smiles on our faces knowing one of our favorite Birds of all time is assisting behind the scenes.

XFL President Russ Brandon issued the following statement.

"Brian is an incredibly important hire for the XFL as he will be a key driver behind the League’s commitment to holistic player development. Following his impressive career in the NFL, Brian has done a phenomenal job building his brand while also committing himself to help other athletes reach their maximum potential on and off the field. We’re excited to have him on our team to create new, unmatched opportunity for player success."

Westbrook will be wearing a ton of hats in his new role. Here’s more from Brandon.

"In this role, Westbrook, Sr. will be responsible for all aspects of the League’s player engagement program, including developing and leading initiatives to enhance professional development in areas such as media relations, continued education, total wellness, and financial wellbeing. As a liaison between the League and its teams and players, Westbrook, Sr. will help to maintain strategic relationships with athletes and ensuring they are well supported and positioned for success."

The first eight of Brian’s nine NFL seasons were played in Philadelphia for the Eagles. During that time, he appeared in 107 games with 85 starts. That led to 5,995 yards on 1,308 carries, 37 rushing touchdowns, and don’t forget about another 3,790 yards receiving on 426 receptions, 29 trips to the end zone as a receiver, and 498 yards and two more touchdowns as a punt returner.

He also added 591 rushing yards, 334 receiving yards, and six total touchdowns in 11 career postseason games en route to two Pro Bowl nods (2004, 2007) and a First-Team All-Pro nod in 2007.

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He’s a member of both the Philadelphia Eagles 75th-anniversary team and the Eagles Hall of Fame, and he’s without question, one of the most versatile players in franchise history.

Not bad at all for a former third-round draft choice that cut his teeth at the collegiate level while playing for what’s long been a basketball school (Villanova). Who would have thought? It’s been quite the football life, and now it adds a new chapter courtesy of the XFL.