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Westbrook Up for Prestigious Award

Posted by Taylor Price on January 12, 2011 – 11:44 AM

Contrary to the photo at the top of this post, Brian Westbrook is quite a generous man.

When he’s not stiff-arming his way to touchdowns on the football field, he’s giving back to his community in a number of ways.

And his work has not gone unnoticed.

The 49ers running back is one of 10 prominent professional athletes to be named as finalists for the Jefferson Awards for Public Service.

The nomination means a lot to Westbrook, who has made a point of giving back to the community throughout his nine years of professional football.

“I am so humbled to be a part of this special group of athletes,” Westbrook said in a press release. “Looking at what this group has accomplished together is just amazing and to know that this is just a small sampling of what we can achieve in our own communities is really awe-inspiring.”

If selected as one of two winners for the Jefferson Award, Westbrook would join the ranks of previous winners such as Oprah Winfrey, Colin Powell, Lance Armstrong and Bill Gates.

But if Westbrook is to be judged by the company he keeps, he’s surrounded by several quality professional athletes who win on and off the field. The nominee list features athletes from all sports ranging from New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees to New York Yankees pitcher C.C. Sabathia.

The finalists were recently announced by 49ers Hall of Fame safety Ronnie Lott, who is the founder of All Stars Helping Kids, a partner of the Jefferson Awards.

In order to win, each athlete will raise money for a charity of their choice through a text-to-donate campaign. In addition, Lott’s foundation will award $2,500 for each finalist’s charity. You can learn more about the nominees as well as their foundations by visiting the All Stars Helping Kids official site.

Two winners will be selected in the spring and will be able to attend the Jefferson Awards National Banquet in Washington DC on June 21st.

Win or lose Westbrook has big plans for his community regardless of the outcome.

“Right now, I am working on plans to construct The Brian Westbrook Community Outreach Center in my hometown and I’m so excited to have All Stars Helping Kids as a partner.”

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20 Responses to “Westbrook Up for Prestigious Award”

  1. By rogercraig on Jan 12, 2011 | Reply

    Nice to see Brian doing such great work for his community.

  2. By ralph villarreal on Jan 12, 2011 | Reply

    Keep up the good work…westbrook. A niner fan for llife all the way from san antonio, tx

  3. By Zeolit on Jan 12, 2011 | Reply

    I’ve always admired Westbrook! This is a true Football hero, on and off the field! Hope we can keep him around till he retires, this is what 49er football is all about!

  4. By JR Baca from New Mexico on Jan 12, 2011 | Reply

    Great Job Brian, a giver will be blessed for life, God’s blessings on you and your family. It would be nice to hook up with Donoven McNabb again, maybe we can sign him. great QB & a great RB again, but this time as 49ers. Go 9ers…+…!

  5. By NvNInerFan on Jan 12, 2011 | Reply

    Good luck Mr. Westbrook, you deserve to win and I hope you do. If you can, please come back next year and play for the 49ers. Best of luck in all that you do in the future.

  6. By jose cisneros on Jan 12, 2011 | Reply

    Great job by Westbrook thats why I admire him.

  7. By Skip Smith on Jan 12, 2011 | Reply

    I thought it was going to be the Marcus Allen Escape from the Bench Award.

  8. By Mike on Jan 13, 2011 | Reply

    I’ve always liked Westbrook. I used to admire the way he ran with the football when he played for Philadelphia. I hope he comes back to the niners-he’s still got gas in the tank. Looks like he’s just as amazing off the field.
    Go niners!!

  9. By steve9er on Jan 13, 2011 | Reply

    you are a true professional brian westbrook on and
    especially off the field. hope you can come back
    to the 49ers. maybe you and donovan mcnabb can
    hook up in the red and gold together. thanks again for all you do!

  10. By tom on Jan 13, 2011 | Reply

    Refreshing to see humble players like yourself. AS a NIners fan in Nj i’ve seen you alot and you haven’t changed. I just hope you r back with us next year! Think it will be our year! HAte to loose a guy like you! Good Luck

  11. By steve on Jan 13, 2011 | Reply

    we need more good people in the world,way to go brian,hope you get the award,that would be something to be proud about

  12. By Phil on Jan 13, 2011 | Reply

    I always admired the way he played the game when he was in Philly. I’m glad he is a ‘niner now, and I’m equally impressed by his work off the field. Hope he gets the award, stays with the ‘niners, and gets a lot more reps on the field!

  13. By Shawn on Jan 13, 2011 | Reply

    Congradulations Westbrook and thank you for all your hard work this last season. I enjoyed watching you play and look forward to seeing you play this next season!

  14. By c-money on Jan 14, 2011 | Reply

    b. westbrook!…ur the future of our franchize bro…..we believe u and gore can be the best one two punch in football…..dont let us down …..we need u

  15. By dg on Jan 15, 2011 | Reply

    Trade the our first round pick to Seattle for Nate Davis..He is the future..

  16. By joe on Jan 17, 2011 | Reply

    westbrook you must come back to the niners.on a personal note i think you should be the stater for the niners(not taking anything from gore he is an amazing running back)good things come for those who are patiant.thanks for all your hard work. as for the niners hiring harbough i think it wasn’t the best move why another collage coach pro players donn’t look up to collage coaches as they would to a nfl coach i see this going nowhere another season down the drain.changing the playbook the player haven’t master the current playbook more confusions means losing games.just my thought hope i am wrong.

  17. By Zaintex ben on Jan 20, 2011 | Reply

    things come for those who are patiant.thanks for all your hard work. as for the niners hiring harbough i think it wasn’t the best move why another collage coach

  18. By az 9ernut on Jan 21, 2011 | Reply

    good job mr. westbrook and thank you for a great season i knew you could do it great people do great things hope your wearing RED & GOLD next season THANK YOU BRIAN!!!!!

  19. By SM on Jan 24, 2011 | Reply

    M. Westbrook, followed you closely in philly. Really have to give you a lot of the credit for philly’s success. McNabb is a good QB but you saved his bacon so many times! Glad to have such a versitile running back in red and gold! Keep up the good work.

  20. By Kim the Black Butterfly on Mar 18, 2011 | Reply

    I can’t believe Harbaugh wants to let you go. You had some tremendous games. Not only are you a strong, powerful, running back; you’re amazing inside and out. Congrats on your nomination on the Jefferson Award. God Blesses those who give freely and know their gifts. You have been exemplary of that on and off the field. Stay Beautiful! Hope you receive the award and stay a Niner. Philly doesn’t deserve you back, we need you. ;)

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