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49ers Sign RB Brian Westbrook

Posted Aug 16, 2010

The San Francisco 49ers announced that they have signed RB Brian Westbrook to a one-year deal.

One of the most electrifying all-purpose weapons in the NFL over the last decade, Westbrook (5-10, 203) joins the 49ers after spending his first eight professional seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles. Drafted in the third round (91st overall) of the 2002 NFL Draft, Westbrook has played in 107 games (85 starts) and has registered 5,995 yards on 1,308 carries and 37 touchdowns on the ground, to go along with 426 receptions for 3,790 yards and 29 touchdowns through the air.

One of the most prolific backs in Philadelphia Eagles history, Westbrook is the franchise’s all-time leader in yards from scrimmage (9,785) and touches (1,734). He also ranks second in Philadelphia’s record books in rushing yards (5,995), while ranking third in total touchdowns (68), receptions (426), rushing touchdowns (37), rushing attempts (1,308) and rushing average (4.6 yards per carry). Westbrook also holds the Eagles all-time single-season records in both total yards from scrimmage (2,104 in 2007) and receptions (90 in 2007).

Westbrook’s career numbers also rank among the best in the NFL. Since 2004, he ranks third in the NFL with 8,561 yards from scrimmage and leads all running backs in receptions (380), receiving yards (3,372), receiving touchdowns (25) and yards after the catch (3,152). Westbrook is the only active player, and one of seven in NFL history, to register at least 25 rushing touchdowns and 25 receiving touchdowns.

The Fort Washington, MD, native brings with him a wealth of postseason experience, as he helped lead Philadelphia to the playoffs in six of his eight seasons. Westbrook has played in 11 playoff games (9 starts) and ranks first in Eagles postseason history in career rushing yards (591), tied for second in career rushing TDs (3), tied for first in career total TDs (6), and second in career rushing attempts (129). Westbrook helped propel the Eagles to four appearances in the NFC Championship Game (he was not able to participate in the 2003 contest due to a triceps injury) and Super Bowl XXXIX.

The two-time Pro Bowler (2004 & 2007) now joins RB Frank Gore to form one of the most potent running back tandems in the NFL. The duo has combined for 14,438 yards from scrimmage (10,411 yards rushing, 4,027 yards receiving) since 2005, ranking tops among any active running back tandems in the NFL.Westbrook also joins former Eagles teammates CB Will James (2006-07), S Michael Lewis (2002-06) and LB Takeo Spikes (2007) on the current 49ers roster. Lewis and Westbrook were members of the same draft class in Philadelphia.

Most Yards From Scrimmage By Active RB Tandems Since 2005
Players  Rush Yds   Rec. Yds    Total Yds from Scrimmage 
1. Frank Gore
Brian Westbrook (SF)
10,411 4,027 14,438
2. Larry Johnson
Clinton Portis (WAS)
10,835 2,443 13,278
3. Thomas Jones
Jamaal Charles (KC)
7,855 1,348 9,203
4. LaDanian Tomlinson
Shonn Green
7,131 1,933 9,064
5. Steven Jackson
Kenneth Darby (STL)
6,335 2,393 8.728

The 30-year-old Westbrook starred collegiately at Villanova where he was one of the most decorated players in NCAA Division I-AA history, having won the 2001 Walter Payton Award which is given annually to the top player in NCAA Division I-AA. Westbrook’s brother, Byron, is currently a cornerback with the Washington Redskins.

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