I don’t pretend for one moment that the Raiders haven’t had their struggles over the past 10 years. However, it just gets me riled up when I hear a former Oakland Raider player blasting his team in the Newspaper, on Radio, or on Television. A player whose career was not stellar by any means, and one who never lived up to what his name is supposed to mean, “Great.”
Akbar Gbaja-Biamila played Defensive End and Linebacker for the Oakland Raiders from 2003-2004. He mostly backed up the likes of Travian Smith and Tyler Brayton. After the short stint in Oakland, he played for the Chargers in 2006, Dolphins in 2007, and, in 2008, he was signed as a practice squad member only with the Oakland Raiders. With his football career not panning out, Gbaja-Biamila turned to a career in Sports Broadcasting. Currently, he is a member of NFL AM on NFL Network.
This morning, he was asked to answer a question from NFL AM’s Double Coverage. The question was, “Which team will have the biggest win differential from last year?” Gbaja-Biamila stated the following, “Well that’s easy, it’s the Kansas City Chiefs. I think they go from two wins to about eight or nine, maybe even ten, when you look at what they have…” He goes on to talk about the dynamic players that the Chiefs have in his opinion, of course. Then, he makes the comment that just sent me through the roof. After running his mouth about the Chiefs some more, Gbaja-Biamila states, “And of course, they’re (Chiefs) playing in the AFC West where, they’ve got the Chargers who haven’t yet stepped up, and then the Oakland Raiders who you can just walk over.”
Walk over? He said the Raiders are just a “Walk over team.” Last time I checked, the Oakland Raiders are a professional football team. They have had their struggles, but a walk over team. This is ridiculous. Gbaja-Biamila should be blasted on Twitter and Facebook. So, I am calling on Raider Nation to let him know how we feel about his comment. Absolutely absurd comment that comes from a has been and never was player. Nation, his Twitter account is @Akbar_Gbaja. He even has a picture of himself in a Raiders uniform on his profile page. Yet he openly blasts his former team. His phone should be blowing up with the Raider Nation’s comments on how we feel about his negativity toward our team.
Our team is young and hungry. We are underestimated this year, but that will be the undoing for the teams playing us. Keep thinking that we won’t win more than two or four games this year NFL Network. Your surprise will be coming. We’ve been the under-dog before, and we won the Super Bowl that year. Go Raiders!