Former NFL Quarterback
GIBRAN'S journey to becoming an NFL Quarterback was quite an unexpected one.
Having spent his entire life being focused on his first love baseball – GIBRAN was a member of the 15 and under Team USA team that competed in Chiba, Japan – he didn't play football competitively until HIS senior year in high school.
With a baseball scholarship in hand to Indiana University entering his senior year in high school - the heir apparent at QB transferred months before the beginning of the season
The coaching staff approached GIBRAN to inquire about my willingness to risk the baseball scholarship and become the teams QB.
With a bit of curiousity and desire to tackle the most prominent position in sports – GIBRAN suited up for his first season of football. Playing in a competitive east coast high school conference he had the benefit of playing against many talented players that were being recruited by big time college football programs.
To say he was a raw 6'4 17 year old would be a great misunderstatement. In fact he threw the ball to the other teams more often than not. However, those throws were filled with enough velocity that he attracted interest at the next level.
He would go on to become a two sport collegiate athlete at Indiana (Football & Baseball) while getting a degree in Marketing from the Kelley School of Business.
Much like his high school career – his first couple of years at IU were spent excelling for the baseball team and sitting behind the talented Antwaan Randle El at quarterback on the football field.
Following a productive 4 year baseball career and not much interest from the pros - wasn't much of a market for a 6'4 hit for average first baseman - GIBRAN entered his fifth football season.
Listed 2nd on the depth chart he almost transferred prior to the first game. Had it not been his quarterback coach Al Borges convincing him to stay he would've likely ended up leaving IU.
After getting a chance to play - a total of six games his senior year - he experienced the same ups and downs that he had as a high school quarterback. Just like in high school his size and arm strength was impressive enough to garner interest at the next level.
Entering the 2003 NFL Draft GIBRAN was fortunate to impress one important decision maker - Steve Spurrier - who was entering his second season as the head coach of the Washington franchise.
Being selected in the 7th round that season would be the beginning of a career that spanned a total of 8 years with time spent not only in Washington but as a member of the Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers, Miami Dolphins, & Buffalo Bills
GIBRAN was also a member of the Amesterdam Admirals for 3 seasons, winning the NFL Europe MVP in 2006.