When this season's disappointing Raiders (4-10) take on the still-alive Packers (8-6) on Monday Night Football in Oakland, the teams have little in common except their die-hard fans. Now they'll share something else – a Gbaja-Biamila on defense.
Green Bay sack leader Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila will face his brother, Akbar, for the first time. The siblings, natives of Nigeria who relocated to Los Angeles, were college teammates at San Diego State. They even started side-by-side for SDSU one season.
Kabeer was selected in the fifth round of the 2000 draft by the Packers and has grown into a starter and team leader. Akbar signed as an undrafted free agent by the Raiders. He came close to finding himself playing next to his brother in Green Bay, according to Packers' coach Mike Sherman.
"He was definitely someone we had an interest in," Sherman said in a conference call. "I had a little bit of concern to put him in the shadow of this brother… Obviously with his brother being here, sometimes it's good when brothers are together and sometimes not. I didn't know which way to go with that so we just kind of let it go."
KGB needs three sacks in the final two games to become the first Packer to turn in double-digit sacks in three consecutive seasons. Akbar is trying to turn in a solid season of his own, with one sack in 12 appearances for the Raiders.