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Akbar Gbaja-Biamila      

Inspirational Former NFL Player, Broadcaster

Akbar attended San Diego State University from 1997-2002 on a football scholarship where he played Defensive Tackle. Akbar received his Bachelor of Arts with a major in Communication in 2001 and began his work on a second degree in Sociology.

Since being selected by the Oakland Raiders in 2003, this Californian native was a solid player in the National Football League (NFL) as a Defensive End and Outside Linebacker. His hard work and determination allowed him to play for three NFL teams during his tenure from 2003-2007 including the Oakland Raiders, the San Diego Chargers and the Miami Dolphins.

Akbar was accepted and completed the NFL Broadcast Boot Camp in Laurel, NJ to receive a jump-start to his broadcast career, which helped him land a position as a co-host for the show “Football Night in San Diego” on NBC with Jim Laslavic. In 2008, he served as an analyst for the MTN Network, which is dedicated to the Mountain West Conference. This year Akbar became the newest member of the CBS College Sports broadcasting team as a college football analyst and will begin in the Fall, 2009.

In addition to his playing and broadcast experience, Akbar completed the NFL Entrepreneurial Management Program at The Business School of Wharton/ University of Pennsylvania in 2005.


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