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Brian Westbrook

Running Back

Brian Collins Westbrook

Inducted 2023

Date of Birth



Fort Washington, MD


Villanova University (1997-2001)


Brian Westbrook did it all at Villanova, becoming the first player in college history to finish with at least 1,000 rushing yards and 1,000 receiving yards in a season. Westbrook became the first player in Villanova history to earn First Team All-America honors in three different seasons, spending time as a running back, wide receiver and as an all-purpose player. In 2001, he claimed the Walter Payton Award as the best Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) player in the nation after being a finalist the preceding season. Westbrook finished his Wildcat career holding 41 school records, 19 conference marks, and five NCAA records. As a sophomore in 1998, the 5’-9”, 190-pound Westbrook became the only player in the history of college football at any level to rush for 1,000 yards and receive for 1,000 yards in the same season (1,046 rushing, 1,144 receiving). Westbrook was a two-time Atlantic 10 Offensive Player of the Year and a three-time First Team All-Atlantic 10 selection, rushing for 4,298 yards, 54 touchdowns, and averaging 6.2 yards per carry in his career. He also amassed 2,582 receiving yards (averaging 11.7 yards per catch) and 30 touchdown receptions while adding 2,289 yards and five touchdowns on kickoff and punt returns. In the final game of his collegiate career, Westbrook broke the NCAA All-Divisions record with 9,512 career all-purpose yards. The school's all-time leading rusher and scorer, Westbrook is a 2005 Villanova Wall of Fame honoree, his jersey has been retired, and he was inducted into the Villanova Varsity Club Hall of Fame in 2016.


Height 5'10"

Weight 203

Career Highlights

  • 2001 Conference MVP
  • 2001 First Team All-America (FCS)
  • 2001 Led Nation in All-Purpose Yards (FCS)
  • 2001 Led Nation in Scoring (FCS)
  • 2001 Walter Payton Award Winner
  • 2000 All-Conference
  • 2000 Conference MVP
  • 2000 First Team All-America (FCS)
  • 2000 Led Nation in All-Purpose Yards (FCS)
  • 1998 All-Conference
  • 1998 First Team All-America (FCS)
  • 1998 Led Nation in All-Purpose Yards (FCS)
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