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Michael Westbrook
Wide receiver
Jersey #(s)
Born July 7, 1972 (1972-07-07) (age 37)
Detroit, Michigan
Career information
Year(s) 19952002
NFL Draft 1995 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4
College Colorado
Professional teams
Career stats
Receptions 285
Receiving yards 4,374
Touchdowns 26
Stats at
Career highlights and awards
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Michael Deanailo Westbrook (born July 7, 1972 in Detroit, Michigan) is a former American football wide receiver in the National Football League. Westbrook spent 7 seasons with the Washington Redskins from 1995 to 2001 and the 2002 season with the Cincinnati Bengals before retiring. He is currently a mixed martial artist in the heavyweight division.




College career

Westbrook played college football at the University of Colorado, and in 1994, he was the receiver in the play known as "The Miracle at Michigan," a Hail Mary pass from quarterback Kordell Stewart to beat Michigan in the final seconds of the game.[1]

NFL career

Westbrook was taken as the fourth overall pick by the Washington Redskins in 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 teammate, running back Stephen Davis, an incident caught by local TV news cameras.[3]

While injuries hampered Westbrook for much of his NFL career, he played all 16 games in 1999 and achieved three career highs, 65 receptions for 1,191 yards and nine touchdowns.

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.

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 IBJJF World Championship at brown belt.

Westbrook said of jiu-jitsu, "This is a lot easier and a lot more fun. 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."[4] Having previously trained at MASH GYM in Redford, Michigan with Former "King Of The Cage" Light Heavyweight Champion James Lee, Westbook now trains at AZ Combat Sports in Tempe, Arizona.

Westbrook has also competed as a heavyweight (over 205 pounds) in mixed martial arts, defeating Jarrod Bunch in his first match in 2005.[4] In his second, and only other, professional MMA bout, Westbrook lost to Travis Browne in a February 2009 King of the Cage event in San Bernardino, California. 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.

Mixed martial arts record

Result Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
NC 1-1 (1) United States Nick Gaston No Contest KOTC - Connection 02009-07-18 July 18, 2009 1 1:04 United StatesLake of the Torches Casino, Wisconsin
xLoss 1-1 United States Travis Browne TKO (Punches) KOTC: Immortal 02009-02-27 February 27, 2009 1 1:22 United StatesSan Bernardino, California
Win 1-0 United States Jarrod Bunch Submission (Rear Naked Choke) KOTC: Payback 02005-02-25 February 25, 2005 1 4:55 United StatesCleveland, Ohio


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