With all eyes being on Westbrook today (will he show, will he not show?) I got to thinking, who are the greatest Eagles running backs over the past thirty years? The first names to come to mind are Wilbert Montgomery and Brian Westbrook. Both players would be hard to argue against.
Montgomery and Westbrook each have the individual statistics to support their ranking, while also leading their respective teams to berths in the Super Bowl.
One additional running back that deserves mention in the conversation is Ricky Watters. Remember, the “For Who, For What” guy? Though he donned Eagles green for only three seasons, he left his mark in the Eagles record books.
Watters put up some of the best statistical seasons ever for an Eagles running back. His worst statistical season as an Eagle (1997) still resulted in 1110 rushing yards and seven touchdowns.
A quick look at the Eagles record book shows that Watters posted three of the top ten rushing seasons (yardage) in Eagles history. His most productive season was in 1996 when he totaled 1411 rushing yards, second best all time by an Eagles running back.
In addition to racking up the yardage, Watters also had a knack for finding the end zone. In 1996 Watters scored 13 touchdowns and in 1995 he scored 11 touchdowns. His 13 touchdowns in 1996 rank second all time for rushing touchdowns by an Eagles running back.
Watters was also a viable receiving threat out of the backfield.
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