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{ We sat down with free agent Brian Westbrook in an exclusive Q&A. Will he be reunited with Donovan McNabb in Washington? }
Author: Khalil Garriott, NFLPLAYERS.COM Editor Posted: 5/27/2010

WASHINGTON—As the 2010 NFL offseason continues, one of the marquee names still available is free-agent running back Brian Westbrook. After his years with the Philadelphia Eagles, the only NFL franchise he has known, came to an end earlier this offseason, the all-purpose threat is ready to offer his services to another NFL franchise. In this exclusive Q&A with NFLPLAYERS.COM during his recent visit to NFL Players Association headquarters, Westbrook talks about the process of looking for a new team, what it would be like to play for the Redskins and much more.

Q: How is your search for a new NFL team going so far?

A: It’s going really well. We’ve been to a few teams—[I’m] just trying to find the right fit for myself and my career. I enjoyed being in Philly for eight years, but now it’s time to move on and it’s time to find the right fit for myself.

Will Westbrook, left, and Donovan McNabb be reunited in Washington?

Q: How did your recent visit with the Washington Redskins go?

A: It went really well. I enjoyed them and the coaching staff. I’d love to be a part of that organization. They have a quality organization—I just have to find out if I can fit into their system.

Q: Being from the Washington, D.C. area and playing your high school ball at DeMatha, how special would it be if you were to play here?

A: Of course it would be special to play in your hometown, where you were born and raised and still live. Of course it would be special to be on a team with a winning tradition.

Q: How have your other team visits gone?

A: We visited with the Broncos and with St. Louis as well. Right now, we’re just trying to find the right fit, and we’ll see where it goes from there.

Q: What do you look for on your visits with these teams?

A: A winning tradition. I like to find out what their coach is about and make sure that I would fit into their offense, and what my role would be while I’m there.

I enjoyed them and the coaching staff. I’d love to be a part of that organization.

--Brian Westbrook
on the Washington Redskins

Q: Tell me about your career to this point. Is winning a Super Bowl the only thing left for you to accomplish?

A: I think that winning a Super Bowl is definitely one of those goals that you want to accomplish during your career. I still feel like I can be a very productive running back in the NFL. So everything that I do now is going towards that.

Q: Do you still feel like you have things to prove coming off of your injuries last year?

A: I wouldn’t say things to prove, just things that I know that I can get done. I’m just preparing myself to do those things; doing everything I can to do them.

Q: Tell me about your legacy off the field. Away from football, what drives Brian Westbrook?

A: I have a passion for helping kids. I don’t have any kids myself, but I have a passion for helping them. Someone helped me a long time ago, and I just want to have the opportunity to give back and help other kids in need, as I was.

Q: What do you get more joy and pride out of: that community aspect or your football accomplishments?

A: I definitely enjoy my football accomplishments, but helping people that need help the most is really one of the things that I enjoy the most.

Q: Having been a teammate of Donovan McNabb’s for so long, what kind of a fit do you think he is, and will be, with the Redskins?

A: I think he’s a good fit. I think he’s a proven quarterback who can get it done. He’s a great leader and he brings accountability to this football team that they might not have had before.

Q: At this point in the offseason, do you give yourself a timetable for when you’d like to sign with a new team by?

A: Nah, I don’t give myself a timetable. I just want to be a part of a team, and when I get there, I’m gonna give them everything I have so that I can be a productive player this year.

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