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There's no room for football in Westbrook's heart

After a turbulent NFL career that took a physical and mental toll, Michael Westbrook has found fulfillment and peace of mind in the world martial arts, writes Pat Yasinskas.

Originally Published: April 16, 2008
By Pat Yasinskas | ESPN.com

TEMPE, Ariz. -- It was early evening at Arizona Combat Sports and the man behind the counter had his feet propped on a desk and his hands folded comfortably behind his head.

A visitor inquired about the whereabouts of Michael Westbrook.

"I'm Michael Westbrook,'' the man said as he stood and offered a handshake and smile.

Those are gestures Westbrook couldn't offer with much certainty or happiness a decade ago in the middle of a turbulent NFL career, when outrageous ...

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