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Brian Westbrook named Pro Football Hall of Fame 2016 nominee in first year of eligibility

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Philadelphia Eagles legendary running back Brian Westbrook has been named a 2016 nominee for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. This is the first year Westbrook has been eligible to be nominated for the honor.

Westbrook is predictably very excited about the big news:

Philadelphia honored Westbrook earlier this offseason by announcing they will be inducting him into the Eagles' Hall of Fame. Westbrook, along with Maxie Baughn, will be officially inducted into the Eagles' Hall of Fame when the Birds play the New York Giants on Oct. 19 at Lincoln Financial Field.

Westbrook finished his nine-year career in Philadelphia 5,995 yards (third-most in team history), 37 touchdowns (fourth-most) and 4.58 yards per carry (fourth-most). The Villanova alumnus was a huge favorite with the fans.