|Date of birth:July 7, 1972|
|Place of birth: Detroit, Michigan|
|High school: Detroit (MI) Chadsey|
|NFL Draft: 1995 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4|
|Debuted in 1995 for the Washington Redskins|
|Last played in 2002 for the Cincinnati Bengals|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2002
|Stats at pro-football-reference.com|
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.
Westbrook attended the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he played for the Colorado Buffaloes football team from 1991 to 1994. As senior in 1994, he was the receiver in the play known as "The Miracle at Michigan," a Hail Mary pass from Buffaloes quarterback Kordell Stewart to beat the Michigan Wolverines in the final seconds of the game. 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.
The Washington Redskins selected Westbrook in the first round (fourth overall pick) of the 1995 NFL Draft, and played for seven seasons in Washington, before playing the 2002 season with the Cincinnati Bengals.
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.
|Year||Team||Games||Receptions||Yards||Yards per Reception||Longest Reception||Touchdowns||First Downs||Fumbles||Fumbles Lost|
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 brown belt.
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." 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. 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. 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. 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.
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 matches||1 win||1 loss|
|NC||1-1 (1)||Nick Gaston||No Contest||KOTC - Connection||July 18, 2009||1||1:04||Lac de Falmbeau, Wisconsin, United States|
|Loss||1-1||Travis Browne||TKO (punches)||KOTC: Immortal||February 27, 2009||3||1:22||San Bernardino, California, United States|
|Win||1-0||Jarrod Bunch||Submission (rear naked choke)||KOTC: Payback||February 25, 2005||1||4:55||Cleveland, Ohio, United States|
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