When you can create fear by just standing in front of your opponent, then you can easily maltreat them. The 6 and a half feet giant did just that while dictating his defensive line and he is none other than Akbar Gbaja-Biamila who is a former NFL player and Sports analyst on NFL Network. The team man and a humble guy in real life held no soft spot for opponents and flew into hard tackle whenever provided with an opportunity.
Career And Progression
The gigantic height, muscular physique, and technical ability are all required qualities in a back liner. He possessed all of it but didn’t quite made the use of these qualities in NFL and played for only five years before becoming a sports analyst for NFL Network.
In 2003, he signed for Oakland Raiders as an undrafted free agent and made 13 appearances. He made his retirement as an Oakland Raiders player in 2008 before which he made appearances for San Diego Chargers and Miami Dolphins.
After his playing career ‘done and dusted,’ he eloped himself as a sports analyst on NFL Network. Akbar even introduced the term ‘Akbarism’ which is an inspirational yet humorous statement to describe action is also co-host of Team Ninja Warrior, a spinoff American Ninja Warrior on Esquire Network.
Recently, Akbar also got the chance to run the American Ninja Warrior course for the first time. Having worked as the co-host of the show already and despite being the former athlete, witnessing tons of runs and hundreds of ninjas attempt the course, Akbar said it was no easy for him. Instead, taking his weight as the disadvantage, he prepared for it three months before, loosing up to 13 pounds to improve his endurance.
Looking at his stats though he hasn’t fulfilled his real potential with the best return of just 11 tackles and one sack in 2004 season for Oakland Raiders
How Much Is Akbar’s Net Worth?
“The Akbarism” fame TV analyst racks up undisclosed but handsome salary from NFL Network and Esquire Network.
Akbar has a decent net worth of $7 million through his career as an analyst and a former player.
How Is Akbar Managing Time For Family Of Six!!!
Humble Guy in real life but fear of attackers settled in his font when he was flying into tackles. He married Chrystal Gbaja-Biamila and is a parent to four happy kids.
Akbar with his wife and children (Photo: FabWags)
Akbar along with his wife Chrystal gave birth to twin girls after welcoming an elder son and daughter.
Akbar is a family man and doesn’t mind cooking for his kids at home early in the morning. The busy sports analyst in spite of his packed schedule wakes up in the morning to prepare oatmeals for Elijah, Saheedat, Nasir, and Naomi.
The hard-tackling guy is also involved in volunteering and social consciousness programs.
Why Did Akbar Quit Being A Vegan?
On the latest interview earlier this year in June, Akbar revealed that he quit his vegan lifestyle to his regular high-protein diet only after four months of being a vegan. Adding to it, he further went on to say that it was on Thanksgiving day where he could not resist to eat the turkey made by his wife and it became the reason he had to quit his vegan lifestyle.
Though he is back to his normal diet plan, he told that he is very conscious these days while eating. He prefers to eat more fish, chickens, and yolks and has minimized the quantity of red meat in his diet plan.
Akbar’s Short Bio
Akbar was born as Akbar Oluwakemi-Idowu Gbaja-Biamila to Nigerian parents Mustapha and Bolatitob on 6th May 1979. The active defensive player who currently ages 39 stands an impressive height of 6 feet and 6 inches and has the heavily built physique. The Nigerian native belongs to Afro-American ethnicity.
The back liner, as well as a defensive end player, was born to the big family of seven children himself. He is the younger brother of NFL back liner and defensive end player Kabeer. Akbar has a hard time with his parents as his father was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease back in 2000 and flies back and forth to meet his dad. He went through a disastrous phase when his mother passed away in 2002 in an unfortunate car crash.