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Posted on: August 8, 2022

Philadelphia Eagles legend Westbrook to read aloud his book "The Mouse Who Played Football"

New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer today announced that newly minted children’s book author and former Philadelphia Eagles running back will visit the Brandywine Hundred Library for a live reading of his book “The Mouse That Played Football.” Guests who sign up and attend the live in-person event will receive a complementary copy of the book. 


The event is this Friday, August 12, at 12 p.m. at the Brandywine Hundred Library and guests can register HERE or by visiting  


“We’re beyond excited to welcome Brian to our New Castle County library,” said County Executive Meyer. “We’re very excited to hear from him about how folks with big dreams can prove others wrong if they work hard and persevere.”


About the book

Some folks think Brian the mouse is too small. He may be a tough little fella, but they are not sure Brian has what it takes. The Mouse Who Played Football (Publication Date: August 1, 2022), by former Philadelphia Eagles running back Brian Westbrook Sr. and sports reporter Lesley Van Arsdall, shows how Brian the mouse proves everyone wrong with unyielding confidence that his small size can be his strength.


This charming children’s book, featuring appealing and dynamic illustrations by Mr. Tom, demonstrates how Brian the mouse overcomes what others see as a “big problem.” His determination—as well as speed and toughness on the gridiron—helps him become a star player in high school, college, and eventually, the MFL, the Mouse Football League.


The Mouse Who Played Football, based on Westbrook’s own experiences, is an inspiring story that encourages young readers to believe in themselves and make their unique differences their strengths.


Brian Westbrook Sr. played nine seasons in the NFL, including eight seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles. He was a two-time Pro Bowl running back and was named first team All-Pro after the 2007 season, in which he led the league with over 2,000 yards from scrimmage. He now makes regular broadcast appearances in addition to his charity work with the Brian Westbrook Foundation and speaking engagements.


Lesley Van Arsdall is a seasoned TV news veteran who has covered Philadelphia sports, local and national news as both an anchor and a reporter. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she lives outside Philadelphia with her husband and two sons. This is her first children’s book.


Mr. Tom is an illustrator from West Chester, PA. When not painting and creating Acutely Believable Creatures, he spends time herding his three tiny humans and hugging his "much-smarter-than-he-is partner.

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