Brian Westbrook officially retired as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles today. In December the team will honor the former running back during a game against Washington. A stabilizing force for eight seasons, Westbrook amassed 5,995 yards on the ground and 3,790 receiving yards. When Donovan McNabb had one one of “those days” it was Westbrook who’d bail the team out with a 40-yard run or game winning punt return. The Eagles are right to celebrate his contributions to the team in front of their fans later this year, and it’s even sweeter that it will come during a game versus the Redskins, one of the teams Westbrook haunted for years.
I have zero qualms with honoring a player after he’s retired. Glancing up at the ring of honor at Ralph Wilson Stadium during game day is one of my favorite things to do. I just have one request: can we please stop with these bullshit one day contracts that feature a former star smiling with the management team that cut him after the star’s broken down body was no longer of use? Read the rest of this entry »