Michael Westbrook

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Michael Westbrook
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Position: Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1972-07-07) July 7, 1972 (age 49)
Detroit, Michigan
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:221 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school: Detroit (MI) Chadsey
College: Colorado
NFL Draft: 1995  / Round: 1 / Pick: 4
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receiving yards:4,374
Receiving touchdowns:26
Player stats at NFL.com  ·  PFR

Michael Deanailo Westbrook (born July 7, 1972) is a former American college and professional football player who was a wide receiver in the National Football League (NFL) and is also a former mixed martial artist. Westbrook played college football for the University of Colorado, and was recognized as an All-American. He was drafted in the first round of the 1995 NFL Draft, and played professionally for the Washington Redskins and Cincinnati Bengals of the NFL. After retiring from football, he later competed as a mixed martial arts fighter in the heavyweight division.


Early years

Westbrook was born in Detroit, Michigan. He attended Chadsey High School in Detroit, and played for the Chadsey Explorers high school football team.

College football

Westbrook attended the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he played for the Colorado Buffaloes football team from 1991 to 1994. As a senior in 1994, he was the receiver in the play known as "The Miracle against Michigan," a Hail Mary pass from Buffaloes quarterback Kordell Stewart to beat the Michigan Wolverines in the final seconds of the game. [1] At the conclusion of the season, he was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American, and was the recipient of the Paul Warfield Trophy as the best college wide receiver in the nation.

Professional football

The Washington Redskins selected Westbrook in the first round (fourth overall pick) of the 1995 NFL Draft, [2] and played for seven seasons in Washington, before playing the 2002 season with the Cincinnati Bengals.

In August 1997, the Redskins fined Westbrook $50,000 for punching a teammate, running back Stephen Davis, an incident caught by TV news cameras. [3]

While injuries hampered Westbrook for much of his NFL career, he played all 16 games in 1999 en route to achieving career highs in receptions (65), yards (1,191), and touchdowns (nine). Westbrook finished his career with 285 receptions for 4,374 yards and 26 touchdowns. He also rushed 22 times for 160 yards and one touchdown.

NFL statistics

YearTeamGamesReceptionsYardsYards per ReceptionLongest ReceptionTouchdownsFirst DownsFumblesFumbles Lost
1995 WSH 113452215.44512500
1996 WSH 113450514.94512500
1997 WSH 133455916.44033000
1998 WSH 114473616.77563300
1999 WSH 16651,19118.36594721
2000 WSH 2910311.4210700
2001 WSH 165766411.67643200
2002 CIN 989411.8262400


Martial arts

Westbrook practiced martial arts during his football playing career, and entered Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu after retirement from the NFL in 2002. He has won national and Pan-American events as a brown belt. In 2008, he won the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation ("IBJJF") World Championship at purple belt. [5]

Westbrook said of jiu-jitsu, "This is a lot easier and a lot more fun [than football]. I don't have to worry about coaches and it's not nearly as dangerous. I don't have to worry about pleasing the public and the announcers. Or getting eggs thrown at my door because I dropped a ball. I don't have to worry about any of that." [6] Having previously trained with the MASH FIGHT TEAM in Michigan with Former "King Of The Cage" Light Heavyweight Champion James Lee, Westbook now trains at Arizona Combat Sports in Tempe, Arizona.

As a mixed martial artist, Westbrook competes in the heavyweight (206-265 lbs.) division. He fought once in 2005 and defeated fellow NFL veteran Jarrod Bunch in the main event of a King of the Cage event in Cleveland, Ohio. [6] [7] After the Bunch fight, Westbrook was inactive for four years; and his return to professional MMA was less successful than his debut. In February, 2009, Travis Browne defeated Westbrook in San Bernardino, California, by technical knockout in the third round. [8] In July 2009, Westbrook squared off against Nick Gaston in the main event of a King of the Cage card in Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin. [9] One minute into the fight, Gaston struck Westbrook in the groin with a knee strike, and Westbrook could not continue. The fight was ruled a no contest. [10]

Westbrook also fought on episode 2 of MTV's Bully Beatdown . On that episode, it was stated that Westbrook owns a black belt in taekwondo and has reached brown-belt status in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Gustavo Dantas. Westbrook was promoted to a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in 2010.

Mixed martial arts record

Professional record breakdown
3 matches1 win1 loss
By knockout01
By submission10
By decision00
No contests1
NC1–1 (1)Nick GastonNCKOTC: ConnectionJuly 18, 200911:04 Lac de Flambeau, Wisconsin, United States
Loss1–1 Travis Browne TKO (punches)KOTC: ImmortalFebruary 27, 200931:22 San Bernardino, California, United States
Win1–0Jarrod BunchSubmission (rear-naked choke) KOTC 48: Payback February 25, 200514:55 Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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