First Game Memories

Brian Westbrook

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On His First Practice:

My first practice was the biggest eye opener for me. I was going against guys that I was able to watch in college, because I played at Villanova, so I was able to watch the Eagles every week. Brian Dawkins, Donavan McNabb, Hugh Douglas, Tra Thomas, Troy Vincent, those guys that had been there for a while and that everyone knew. To be on the field with 6, 7, 8 Pro Bowlers at the same time, just being around those guys, it was overwhelming. It was scary.

The night before you wanted to get the best night’s sleep of your life, and you end up staying up all night long just going through plays in your head. So it was nerve-wracking. But it also was exciting, and brings a quote to mind, that nothing good comes when you’re comfortable. You have to get out of your comfort zone to achieve ultimate success.

I was definitely out of my comfort zone, because I didn’t know what to expect and I was around a bunch of guys that I didn’t know. The one thing that I realized is that they might not know you, but they respect hard work and discipline. And I was able to show that, so it worked well.