Gibran Latif Hamdan (born February 8, 1981) is a former professional American football quarterback in theNational Football League and NFL Europa. He was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the seventh round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He played college football at Indiana.
He is the first person of Pakistani descent to play in the NFL.
Hamdan’s mother was a 16-year-old from Pakistan when she married his father, a Palestinian nuclear engineer who attended the University of Illinois but met her on a business trip. Hamdan was born in San Diego, but his family moved to Kuwait when he was three.
The family—which includes his younger brother, Bush—was on vacation back in San Diego when Iraq invaded Kuwait in 1991, destroying the family home and possessions. The Hamdans stayed in the U.S., and his mother took a job cutting hair until the family eventually settled in Potomac, Maryland.
Hamdan saw his first action at Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, MD as a backup quarterback. After his sophomore year, Hamdan transferred to Bishop Denis J. O’Connell High School in Arlington, Virginia. As the football team’s starting quarterback, he led the Northern Virginia area in passing yards, becoming Virginia Independent Schools Player of the Year and earning first-team all-league and district honors. Hamdan also was a starting center for the school’s basketball team and played baseball for the 15-and-under U.S. National Baseball team.
Hamdan attended Indiana University where he posted 2,115 yards and nine touchdowns during his senior year for the Indiana Hoosiers. His yardage total was seventh-best in Indiana history. He was named Big Ten Co-Player of the Week for his 24-of-36, 310-yard and career-high four touchdown performance in 32-29 win over Wisconsin. Hamdan also played baseball at Indiana.
Hamdan was a seventh-round (232nd overall) pick by the Washington Redskins in the 2003 NFL Draft. Though he was impressive in training camp, the team originally decided to keep just two quarterbacks entering the regular season. He was on the team’s practice squad the first ten weeks of his rookie season before being signed to the active roster. He suited up for all five of the remaining games, and Hamdan finally made his NFL debut on December 27 during the last two minutes of the game against the Philadelphia Eagles, achieving one first down while going 1-for-2 for seven yards.
Hamdan played in NFL Europa in the spring of 2004, where he was backup quarterback behind third-year NFL Europe veteran Clint Stoerner. He was released by the Redskins in September following training camp.
First stint with Seahawks
Hamdan was out of the league until 2005 when he was signed by the Seattle Seahawks and once again allocated to NFL Europa. Though originally winning the starting quarterback job for the Amsterdam Admirals over Kurt Kittner, a broken collarbone cut short Hamdan’s season. In the four games he started he posted 39 completions out of 75 attempts for a total of 556 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions. He was once again released at the conclusion of training camp.
In January 2006, Hamdan was re-signed by the Seahawks and allocated to NFL Europa for the third straight year. A broken ankle injury incurred on the first down of the first drive of game seven cut short his season once again, Hamdan was the league’s leading passer and earned Offensive Most Valuable Player honors. He started seven games and posted 102 completions out 162 attempts for a total of 1629 yards, 12 touchdowns and three interceptions, posting a perfect passer rating in the third game of the season against Frankfurt Galaxy. He holds the record for average passer rating for the season in NFL Europe at 113.4. This would not be enough to make the Seahawks however, as he was waived on August 28, 2006.
San Francisco 49ers
The San Francisco 49ers claimed Hamdan off waivers but released him a few days later. On September 3, he was signed to the 49ers’ practice squad.
Second stint with Seahawks
Due to an injury to starting quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, the Seahawks elected to re-sign Hamdan to their active roster on October 24 to provide depth. He was inactive for six games with the Seahawks before being released on December 5 and added to the team’s practice squad.
After Hamdan’s contract with the Seahawks expired in January, he was signed to a future contract with the Miami Dolphins on February 6, 2007. He was released at the conclusion of the preseason on September 1.
On September 26, 2007, the Buffalo Bills signed Hamdan to their practice squad after an injury to starting quarterback J.P. Losman. The Bills released Craig Nall and promoted Hamdan to the teams 3rd QB on October 19. Due to injury of Trent Edwards, Hamdan was promoted to backup quarterback for the game between the Bills and the Bengals on November 4, 2007.
Appeared in 3 preseason games during the 2008 campaign completing 30/47 passes for 258 yards avareging 5.5 yards, a 63.8% completion rate with no touchdowns or interceptions for a passerrating of 78.1. Started the final preseason game against the Detroit Lions but left the game early in the 4th quarter due to a concussion.
Hamdan was promoted backup quarterback for the last two games of the 2008 season pushing J. P. Losman back to third string, who had lost his starting role earlier that year to Trent Edwards.
A restricted free agent in the 2009 offseason, Hamdan was re-signed by the Bills on February 26 as the Buffalo Bills. The signing of Ryan Fitzpatrick put him back to third string at the start of the 2009 trainingcamp.
Attended the NFL broadcasters bootcamp in 2009 and featured his own weekly show on the Buffalo Bills website named ‘Hanging Ten with Hamdan’.
Appeared in 4 preseason games with 32/48 attempts completed for 427 yards averaging 8.9 yards, a 66.7% completion rate, one touchdown and 2 interceptions for a passerrating of 84.3.
Hamdan was waived on November 19, 2009, in favor of Brian Brohm, who was signed off the Green Bay Packers‘ practice squad. The Bills re-signed Hamdan on December 22, 2009, after injuries to Fitzpatrick and Edwards, with cornerback Terrence McGee going on injured reserve to make room for Hamdan on the roster.
On January 22, 2011, Hamdan launched the clothing line Alial Fital. Focusing on online sales via the website www.alialfital.com, Hamdan produces men’s short and long sleeve polos.
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- Video archive of Hanging Ten with Hamdan episodes
- Hamdan 2009 preseason stats
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