LIKE McALLISTER in New Orleans, Westbrook spent a lot of time on the bench as a rookie with Philadelphia, carrying only 46 times. So when he got the call for a halfback option in the third quarter, with the Eagles leading Dallas 27--10 in Philly, he says, "I was just excited about being in the game." Westbrook had executed the play in practice but says he "didn't think it was the kind of play coach [Andy] Reid would dial up."
COACH REID DIALED, and Westbrook answered the call, finding wide receiver Todd Pinkston 25 yards away in the end zone. "I faked the run to pull the defenders up, then just tried to get rid of the ball fast so those linebackers and safeties didn't tear me up," Westbrook remembers. "I'm not one to go crazy after touchdowns, but I was so excited I think I did a chest bump with Donovan [McNabb]. I'd never thrown a touchdown on any level." Now Westbrook craves another. "I know [the Chargers'] LaDainian Tomlinson has [seven] of them, so I have a long way to go."