The first year of Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila's career with the Green Bay Packers in 2000 was underwhelming. His rookie season certainly didn't suggest that the undersized defensive end would ever develop into a player who might be a threat to break Reggie White's franchise record for sacks. Months after being drafted in the fifth round, Gbaja-Biamila was released by then-general manager Ron Wolf during the final round of cuts that year and spent the first month of the season on the practice squad.
"I worked hard just to get drafted, and I remember crying; I think I cried a little bit," said Gbaja-Biamila, who will be inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame this summer. "I remember thinking, What am I going to do?' I just got a new apartment, trying to figure out how to get out of the lease so I can go back to California and figure out what I'm going to do with my life and everything because I just got cut."
The Packers were fortunate that Gbaja-Biamila didn't leave Green Bay...