July 7: Happy Birthdays

On a daily basis, Fatpickled recognizes the birthdays of the men who have played, and currently play for, my favorite teams. The Redskins, Orioles, Wizards, and Terps.

Happy birthday Michael Westbrook. Michael spent 7 seasons in Washington, as an underachieving 4th overall pick. Mostly known for sucker punching Stephen Davis, Westbrook did have a decent season in 1999. That year he hooked up with Brad Johnson 65 times for 1,191 yards and 9 TD’s. The following year he blew out his ACL and was gone for good the year after. His final career numbers were not hateful, 324-4,112-26, but fall far short of Joey Galloway’s, who was chosen 4 spots later (Steve Mcnair was drafted directly in front of Westbrook, RIP.)
Since retiring,
Westbrook has fought in some weird MMA fights. The best thing that I can remember about Michael was his 40 yard TD reception against the Cardinals in 1997. It was the first game ever at the former Jack Kent Cooke stadium. The reception came in overtime and was a beautiful diving grab. I nearly hit my head on the ceiling jumping up and down. Happy 37th Michael.

Happy birthday Ralph Sampson. The Virginia native closed out his NBA career with the Bullets during the 1991-92 season. He lasted just 10 games, averaging 2.2 pts and 3.0 rebounds for a team that won just 25 games. Of course we all know that Sampson was one of the greatest college players of all-time, a 4 time All-American and 3 time AP Player of the year at UVA. He won the NBA Rookie of the year award, and was a good NBA player before his knees betrayed him. After retirement he’s had a tough time, with several brushes with the law. But it’s all good today, as Sampson turns 49.

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