Gibran Hamdan, Washington Football Team Quarterback
The Washington Football Team drafted Gibran Hamdan with the 232nd pick in the 2003 NFL Draft. Born in San Diego, CA – Gibran actually spent his high school years in the DC Metro area where he excelled in Football, Baseball, and Basketball at O'Connell High School in Arlington, VA.
After completing his final collegiate season at Indiana University, where he was a two-sport athlete, Gibran received interest from NFL scouts. After only playing one season in high school and starting only 8 games in college, Gibran was surprised to receive the professional interest. Deciding to give it a go, Gibran began preparing for the NFL Draft in Indianapolis, IN.
Although he wasn't invited to the NFL Combine, Gibran did receive an offer to workout at the Washington Pro Day - due to his proximity to the team's location. Steve Spurrier was entering his second season as Head Ball Coach, and consistently was on the lookout for raw Quarterback talent.
Due to a large number of offseason moves the team was entering the draft with only 3 picks - a 2nd, 3rd, and 7th round pick. As fate would have it Gibran was the only quarterback to attend the Washington Pro Day and therefore received a one on one audience with which to display his talent to the team. In what turned out to be a great performance - Gibran impressed those on hand and most importantly the Head Ball Coach.
As the draft drew near Gibran began receiving interest from other teams in the league - so much so he was being considered a 5th round pick by one squad in particular. As fate would have it he was available when the Washington team was ready to pick in the 7th round and as they say the rest is history.
Gibran spent a majority of his first season on the practice squad, although he did suit up as the primary backup for the final 4 games of the season. He spent the offseason quarterbacking for the Amsterdam Admirals on NFL Europe and was released at the culmination of training camp in 2004 under new head coach Joe Gibbs.
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