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Brian Westbrook speaks to the students about his successes and how to achieve your goals. Brian Westbrook: Hard work, Dedication, and Sacrifice By Miles Noecker, PAHS Purple Press On March 23rd, Phoenixville was treated to a special assembly from former Philadelphia Eagles running back, Brian Westbrook. He played with the Eagles for eight seasons from 2002 to 2009, also playing for the San Francisco 49ers for his final season in 2010. Over the course of his career, Westbrook set multiple rushing records for the Eagles, becoming a two-time Pro Bowler in the process. In 2015, Westbrook was inducted into the Eagles Hall of Fame. The Adolescent Awareness Foundation and Maxwell Football Club provided the funding to bring Westbrook to Phoenixville to speak about his success, the choices he has made to reach his goals, and the many challenges along the way. The assembly made for a very eventful Wednesday morning. Following an introduction from acclaimed Phoenixville Phantom footballer Matt Garcia, Westbrook took the stage. Westbrook’s first order of business was to announce that Mr McNaughton, beloved Phoenixville math teacher, was selected as a finalist for the 2017 Citadel Heart of Learning Award, an award that recognizes outstanding teachers in Chester County.   Westbrook immediately made his presence felt, once his speech began, by recounting a story of a former friend who wasted his opportunities. Westbrook urged students to pay attention, as this could be a chance to “change your life.” Educating students on Phantoms star running back, Matt Garcia, poses with Eagles star running back, Brian Westbrook. 22 Phoenixville Area setting goals and working to achieve them, Westbrook said, “You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step,” and “It takes years of hard work to become an overnight success.” Alongside his primary message of hard work, dedication, and sacrifice, Westbrook discussed character, stating, “Be more concerned with your character than your reputation. Your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are,” while referencing his former teammate, Terrell Owens. In the closing moments of the program, Westbrook took the time to answer some questions, letting the audience know that he could in fact solve a Rubix Cube (which was confirmed on Twitter about an hour later). He also acknowledged that he is still salty about losing to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXIX. Westbrook’s visit to Phoenixville created a lot of excitement and inspiration for students. Our sincere thanks to the Maxwell Football Club and the Adolescent Awareness Foundation, in giving our students the chance to hear Westbrook’s message of hard work, dedication, and sacrifice, a message Phoenixville students should remember as they move forward in life. Our school was granted a unique opportunity to hear from a true success story and it proved to be an impactful event. Mary Ann Mincarelli from the Adolescent Awareness Foundation, a primary funder for the event, thanks Brian Westbrook.