Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila

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Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila
No. 94
Defensive end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1977-09-24) September 24, 1977 (age 37)
Place of birth: Los Angeles, California
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Weight: 249 lb (113 kg)
Career information
High school: Los Angeles (CA) Crenshaw
College: San Diego State
NFL Draft: 2000 / Round: 5 / Pick: 149
Debuted in 2000 for the Green Bay Packers
Last played in 2008 for the Green Bay Packers
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Tackles 286
Quarterback sacks 74.5
Interceptions 1
Stats at NFL.com

Muhammed-Kabeer Olanrewaju Gbaja-Biamila (/kəˈbɪər ˈbɑːɑː ˌbəˈmɪlə/;[1] born September 24, 1977), nicknamed "KGB", is a retired 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.

Early years[edit]

Gbaja-Biamila attended Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles, California and was a student and a three-year letterman in football and track and field. In football, 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 all 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 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[edit]

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[edit]

Green Bay Packers[edit]

Prior to the Draft, Gbaja-Biamilia went to the NFL Combine as an outside linebacker. He measured 6'3 and 1/2 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. The San Diego State University graduate became in 2003, 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 is a 2013 inductee, along with Packer kicker Chris Jacke, into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame.[6]

Family and personal life[edit]

Kabeer is 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 free agent linebacker Akbar Gbaja-Biamila and a twin. He has another brother named 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.

Kabeer also served on the board of directors at Freedom House, 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. For each sack registered during the 2007 season, money was donated to Freedom House.

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