Akbar Gbaja-Biamila is currently the host of American Ninja Warrior. Before that, he spent five years in the NFL. Ahead of Thursday’s Giants-Phillies, Akbar Gbaja-Biamila’s first pitch was not one that you’d expect from a former pro athlete.
We’ve seen athletes flub a first pitch before. Baker Mayfield, whose talents center on his ability to throw the ball, had a pretty weak first pitch after the NFL Draft. Gbaja-Biamila’s is definitely one of the worst we’ve seen.
The former defensive end got some decent velocity on it. The problem: he spiked it directly into the ground, maybe half way from the mound to the plate.
The ball actually winds up hitting a photographer off of a bounce. He was nowhere near the plate.
Video of Akbar Gbaja-Biamila’s first pitch, courtesy of the man himself.
To his credit, he posted the video to Twitter. You really can only make fun of yourself in this situation.
— Akbar Gbajabiamila (@Akbar_Gbaja) May 10, 2018
Gbaja-Biamila played his college ball at San Diego State. He went undrafted in 2003.
He spent the first two years of his career with the Oakland Raiders. After that, he had brief stints with the San Diego Chargers, Miami Dolphins, and another go-around with the Raiders.
NFL fans probably better remember his older brother, Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila. He was a long-time star for the Green Bay Packers, making a Pro Bowl in 2003. He finished with 74.5 career sacks in nine seasons, all with Green Bay.
Akbar has been a host of American Ninja Warrior since 2017. He is also an analyst for NFL Network.