Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila

Muhammed-Kabeer Olanrewaju Gbaja-Biamila (/kəˈbɪər ˈbɑːdʒɑː ˌbiːəˈmɪlə/;[1] born September 24, 1977), nicknamed "KGB", is a former American football defensive end who played nine seasons in the National Football League (NFL).[2] He played college football at San Diego State. He was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the fifth round of the 2000 NFL Draft, and played his entire career for the Packers. He was a Pro Bowl selection in 2003.

Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila
No. 94
Position:Defensive end
Personal information
Born:September 24, 1977 (age 41)
Los Angeles, California
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:249 lb (113 kg)
Career information
High school:Crenshaw
(Los Angeles, California)
College:San Diego State
NFL Draft:2000 / Round: 5 / Pick: 149
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Tackles:286
Sacks:74.5
Interceptions:1
Player stats at NFL.com

Early years

Gbaja-Biamila attended Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles, California and was a student and a three-year letterman in football, and in track and field. As a senior, he was named the Central City Defensive Lineman of the Year.

While attending Crenshaw High School, Gbaja-Biamila was a student-owner of 'Food From the Hood', an organic food company that sprang from the 1992 Los Angeles riots. Food From the Hood eventually went on to launch a line of salad dressings that appeared in major Southern California grocery chains as well as on Amazon.com.[3] For their work, Food From the Hood received the "American Achievement Award" from Newsweek, which featured both Gbaja-Biamila and other founders on its cover. On November 1, 1994 Prince Charles paid a visit to Crenshaw High School, upon an invitation from Food From The Hood.

College career

Gbaja-Biamila attended San Diego State University where he was a three-year starter. He finished his career with the Aztecs with a school record 33 sacks, a mark previously held by former Packer Mike Douglass at 26 sacks. He was named a first team all-conference selection in each of his last three seasons. He graduated with a degree in business administration.

Professional career

Prior to the Draft, Gbaja-Biamilia carried his team single-handedly and dominated every facet of the game— including celebrations. He then went to the NFL Combine as an outside linebacker. He measured 6'3 and 3/4 while weighing in at 243 pounds. He ran a good 4.65 40 yard dash but fell in part because he was a tweener (teams weren't sure whether he had the bulk to be a DE or the ability to stick as an OLB) and some concerns over the competition he played against in college.

Gbaja-Biamila was chosen by the Packers in the fifth round of the 2000 NFL Draft with the 149th overall selection. In 2003, he became the first player in Packers history to record ten or more sacks in three consecutive seasons. He also played in the Pro Bowl that year. In 2004, he again recorded double-digit sacks, taking down opposing quarterbacks 13.5 times.

During the 2006 season, Gbaja-Biamila was demoted from starter to second string defensive end behind starters Aaron Kampman and Cullen Jenkins and accepted the role of a pass rushing specialist who is most active on passing downs.

In October 2007, Gbaja-Biamila broke the Green Bay Packers sack record with 69 sacks, which was previously held by Hall of Famer Reggie White with 68½ sacks.[4] Originally, Gbaja-Biamila was not credited with a third sack against Vikings quarterback Kelly Holcomb during the Packers vs. Vikings game on September 30. Later on in the week, the Elias Sports Bureau reviewed game footage and credited Gbaja-Biamila with a third sack on Kelly Holcomb, who was originally ruled as rushing for zero yards.

Gbaja-Biamila played in seven games (one start) for the Packers in 2008, recording nine tackles, half a sack and a pass defensed. He was released on November 1 after the team activated defensive tackle Justin Harrell from the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list.[5]

He was a 2013 inductee, along with Packer kicker Chris Jacke, into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame.[6]

Family and personal life

Gbaja-Biamila was the fifth child born to Bolatito Gbaja-Biamila (née: Anjorin) and the second child to Mustapha Gbaja-Biamila. His middle name "Olanrewaju" means "My Wealth is the future" in the Yoruba language[7] He is the older brother of former NFL linebacker Akbar Gbaja-Biamila. He also has a twin sister and another brother, Abdul. His last name, Gbaja-Biamila means "big man come save me." This name comes from his paternal great-great-grandfather who stood seven feet tall and was the village moderator in the Nigerian village in which he lived. He graduated from Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles. Both of his parents were Muslim, until his mother converted to Christianity. While he was raised under a Sunni Muslim household, during his rookie season with the Green Bay Packers he converted to Christianity.[8] He adheres to the Leviticus diet mentioned in the Old Testament of the Bible.

He was the coordinator at the local Celebration Church Bayside for Crown Financial Ministries, which teaches people how to manage money using Biblical principles. He was involved in the first faith-based event at Lambeau Field called Lambeau Leap of Faith, in July 2007, where thousands of Christians gathered. In August 2018, he was granted a divorce from his wife. He has recently begun a journey to follow the Bible as closely as possible and identifies his faith as a Hebrew Israelite.

Gbaja-Biamila formerly served on the board of directors at Freedom House Ministries, a shelter for homeless families in Green Bay. Each year Freedom House helps over 100 families including over 250 children overcome homelessness and move into stable permanent housing and employment. In 2007, he started Kabeer's Freedom House Sack Fund. He pledged, along with his teammates and members of the Green Bay community, $10,000 per sack registered in 2007 to go to his fund.[9]

On April 3, 2016, Gbaja-Biamila appeared alongside 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker at a rally in Green Bay, Wisconsin.[10] Gbaja-Biamila has supported Ted Cruz at rallies and on Social Media.

References

  1. ^ Miss Pronouncer: Hear how to pronounce; The Wisconsin pronunciation guide for cities, counties, Indians & lawmakers
  2. ^ [1] Archived October 8, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ http://www.foodfromthehood.com/2004-2005/food/Home/home.htm
  4. ^ [2] Archived October 8, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Packers all-time sacks leader Gbaja-Biamila cut, Harrell activated Archived September 11, 2012, at Archive.today
  6. ^ http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/sports/187887441.html
  7. ^ "Olanrewaju". Behind the Name. Retrieved April 26, 2014.
  8. ^ "Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila". TheGoal.com. Retrieved September 9, 2012.
  9. ^ "After Further Review, 'KGB' Gets Team Record". Packers.com. October 4, 2007. Retrieved November 30, 2014.
  10. ^ https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/ted-cruz-leans-on-allied-super-pac-as-gop-nomination-fight-rolls-on/2016/04/04/cccf9d48-fa7d-11e5-80e4-c381214de1a3_story.html

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