Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila
No. 94
Position:Defensive end
Personal information
Born: (1977-09-24) September 24, 1977 (age 46)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:249 lb (113 kg)
Career information
High school:Crenshaw (Los Angeles)
College:San Diego State
NFL Draft:2000 / Round: 5 / Pick: 149
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Tackles:302
Sacks:74.5
Interceptions:1
Player stats at NFL.com

Muhammed-Kabeer Olanrewaju Gbaja-Biamila Sr. (/kəˈbɪər ˈbɑːɑː ˌbəˈmɪlə/;[1] born September 24, 1977), nicknamed "KGB", is an American former professional football player who spent his entire nine-year career as a defensive end for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL).[2] He played college football for the San Diego State Aztecs. He was selected by Green Bay in the fifth round of the 2000 NFL Draft. He was a Pro Bowl selection in 2003.

Early years

Gbaja-Biamila attended Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles, California and was a three-year letterman in football and in track and field.[3]

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.[4] 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. 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.[5] On November 1, 1994 Prince Charles paid a visit to Crenshaw High School, upon an invitation from Food From the Hood.[6]

College career

Gbaja-Biamila attended San Diego State University where he was a three-year starter.[7] 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.[8] He was named a first-team all-conference selection in each of his last three seasons.[7] He graduated with a degree in business administration.[citation needed]

Professional career

In 2000, attended the NFL Combine as an outside linebacker. He measured 6'3 and 3/4 while weighing in at 243 pounds.[citation needed] He ran a 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.[citation needed]

Gbaja-Biamila was chosen by the Packers in the fifth round of the 2000 NFL Draft with the 149th overall selection.[9] As a rookie, he appeared in seven games and recorded 1.5 sacks and nine total tackles.[10]

Gbaja-Biamila broke out in the 2001 season. He recorded three sacks and a forced fumble in Week 1 against the Detroit Lions in a 28–6 victory.[11] In Week 4, against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he had another three-sack game to go with a forced fumble in the 14–10 loss.[12] He was named NFC Defensive Player of the Month for December 2001.[13] He finished the 2001 season with 13.5 sacks, 24 total tackles, and three forced fumbles.[14]

In Week 5, against the Chicago Bears, Gbaja-Biamila recorded a 72-yard interception return for a touchdown in the 34–21 victory.[15] He had a three-sack game in Week 9 against the Miami Dolphins.[16] He finished the 2002 season with 12 sacks, 47 total tackles, six passes defensed, and four forced fumbles in 15 games and 11 starts.[17]

In 2003, Gbaja-Biamila became the first player in Packers history to record ten or more sacks in three consecutive seasons.[18] He finished the 2003 season with ten sacks, 47 total tackles, and three forced fumbles in 16 starts.[19] He was selected to the Pro Bowl that year.[20]

Gbaja-Biamila recorded four sacks in a Week 17 victory over the Chicago Bears in the 2004 season.[21] He was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for his game against Chicago.[22] In 2004, Gbaja-Biamila again recorded double-digit sacks, taking down opposing quarterbacks 13.5 times.[23]

In the 2005 season, Gbaja-Bilamila started all 16 games and recorded eight sacks, 53 total tackles, and two forced fumbles.[24]

During the 2006 season, Gbaja-Biamila appeared in all 16 games and started three. He recorded six sacks, 40 total tackles, and two forced fumbles.[25]

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 68+12 sacks.[26][27] 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.[28] He finished the 2007 season with 9.5 sacks, 26 total tackles, one pass defended, and two forced fumbles in 15 games and two starts.[29]

Gbaja-Biamila played in seven games (one start) for the Packers in 2008, recording nine tackles, half a sack and a pass defensed.[30] He was released on November 1 after the team activated defensive tackle Justin Harrell from the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list.[31]

He was a 2013 inductee, along with Packer kicker Chris Jacke, into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame.[32]

NFL career statistics

Legend
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Regular season

Year Team Games Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
GP GS Cmb Solo Ast Sck TFL Int Yds TD Lng PD FF FR Yds TD
2000 GNB 7 0 9 8 1 1.5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2001 GNB 16 0 24 18 6 13.5 10 0 0 0 0 1 3 1 0 0
2002 GNB 15 11 47 36 11 12.0 13 1 72 1 72 6 4 1 0 0
2003 GNB 16 16 47 36 11 10.0 10 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0
2004 GNB 16 15 47 33 14 13.5 13 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0
2005 GNB 16 16 53 37 16 8.0 10 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 0 0
2006 GNB 16 13 40 28 12 6.0 7 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
2007 GNB 15 2 26 22 4 9.5 10 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0
2008 GNB 7 1 9 7 2 0.5 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
124 74 302 225 77 74.5 74 1 72 1 72 11 17 7 0 0

Playoffs

Year Team Games Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
GP GS Cmb Solo Ast Sck TFL Int Yds TD Lng PD FF FR Yds TD
2001 GNB 2 0 1 1 0 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2002 GNB 1 1 3 2 1 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2003 GNB 2 2 9 4 5 0.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2004 GNB 1 1 7 6 1 0.0 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
2007 GNB 2 0 3 2 1 1.5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 4 23 15 8 2.5 7 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0

Family and personal life

Gbaja-Biamila is the fifth child of his mother Bolatito Gbaja-Biamila (née: Anjorin) and the second child of his father Mustapha Gbaja-Biamila.[33][34] He is the older brother of former NFL linebacker Akbar Gbaja-Biamila.[35] He also has a twin sister and another brother, Abdul.[citation needed]

His middle name "Ọláńrewájú" means "Wealth is moving forward" in the Yoruba language,[36] while his surname “Gbàjàbíàmílà” translates to "One who, while fighting, pretends to be separating a fight."[37] This 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.

Both of his parents were Muslim, until his mother converted to Christianity. While he was raised in a Sunni Muslim household, during his rookie season with the Green Bay Packers he converted to Christianity.[38]

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.

An adherent of the dietary laws outlined in the Book of Leviticus, Gbaja-Biamila no longer self-identifies as a Christian, but as a Hebrew Israelite.

He 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.[39]

On April 3, 2016, Gbaja-Biamila appeared alongside 2016 Republican presidential candidates Ted Cruz and Scott Walker at a rally in Green Bay, Wisconsin.[40]

On December 17, 2019, Gbaja-Biamila was involved in an incident in which he was nearly arrested. His two friends were arrested during an incident at Assembly of God Church in Green Bay on Dec 17 during a Christmas pageant put on by the private Providence Academy. Jordan Salmi and Ryan Desmith attended the pageant and triggered a trespassing complaint since they do not have children at the school. When they were arrested, they reportedly had concealed weapons on them without permits.[41]

The Green Bay Press-Gazette quoted Gbaja-Biamila saying “They got my sons — my property — doing pagan worship, and I told them I forbid it, and they dishonor me and say it’s OK for my sons to dishonor their father.” He added, “They used the sons, the children, to oppress the man, and the woman rules over them, so that the man walks in error.”

In 2020 Gbaja-Biamila became a member of the Black Hebrew Israelites or Hebrew Israelites which has been designated as a radical, extremist hate group since 1969.[42]


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