McGinest unfazed by harsh reality of NFL

Instead of harboring bitterness toward the Patriots, Willie McGinest is excited about the next phase of his career, writes Len Pasquarelli.

Updated: March 14, 2006, 4:43 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

There isn't so much as a hint of bitterness in Willie McGinest's voice as he discusses his divorce from the New England Patriots after 12 seasons, three Super Bowl victories and a pair of Pro Bowl appearances. If anything, in fact, the veteran outside linebacker sounds downright enthusiastic about embarking on a second chapter of his NFL career, even pumped up by the prospect of what lies ahead for him.

And as he begins making visits this week to several of the many suitors that have contacted ...

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