Westbrook was born in D.C. and starred for DeMatha High School in Hyattsville, Md. He was a fixture of the Eagles offense for years, though he never played all 16 games in a season, and he only played in eight games last season, largely due to concussions. He broke the 1,000-yard mark in two seasons -- 2006 and 2007 -- but he was better known as one of the best pass catching running backs in the league.
Westbrook's younger brother, Byron, plays cornerback for the Skins -- at least he did before a drunken driving arrest last week. Byron Westbrook also attended DeMatha High and played his college ball at Salisbury University. Undrafted out of college, he signed with the Redskins as a free agent in May 2007 and spent the entire 2007 and 2008 seasons on the practice squad before seeing his first NFL game day playing time in 2009. He often played his brother on the scout during practices prior to games against the Eagles.
"It would be a huge dream come true to play with my brother," Brian Westbrook said.
Oh how fast team loyalty dies. Granted, family comes first.
Conventional wisdom says one aging, injury-prone running back is enough. But maybe the Skins would consider signing Westbrook if he's still a free agent when Clinton Portis breaks down about midway through the season.