For those of you that lie in bed at night wondering what ever became of former Redskins quarterback Gibran Hamdan, this story is for you. You’re welcome.
Hamdan was a seventh round pick (232nd overall) by the Redskins in the 2003 NFL Draft. Aside from an illustrious career in NFL Europe, he holds the distinction of being the first player of Pakistani descent to play in the NFL. He is also a local product out of Bishop Denis J. O’Connell High School in Arlington, Va.
He only appeared in one career NFL game, for the Redskins against the Eagles in 2003. In that game, he was 1-for-2 for seven yards, and a whopping 58.3 quarterback rating. (You might also remember him leading the Buffalo Bills against his old team late in a 2008 preseason game. Then again, you might not.)
In March, Hamdan (@alialfital) had a chance to chat with Max Strauss (@ProInterviews) of ProInterviews, discussing professional football and his life-after.
First, an overview of his time with the Redskins:
I started with the Redskins. Steve Spurrier was the head coach and I learned quite a bit from him, actually. I think the good thing about the two of us was that I was pretty raw and that he could mold me in the way he wanted to.
He also discusses life in the NFL lockerroom, where the nicknames can be a little bit rough:
Oh my God, yeah. How many… I had more than one. That’s for sure. You know I can’t even seem to think, there were just so many. Trent Dilfer liked to call me, “The Thirsty Camel.” What else was I called? “The Palestinian Rocket.” They called me, “Gibby”. There were a lot of names.
After kicking around to the 49ers, Seahawks and Bills, Hamdan retired from the NFL after the 2009 season to pursue his second career–in men’s fashion. Originally begun as an offseason hobby, Hamdan found his passion for fashion and opened his company, Alial Fital, shortly thereafter. He explains the significance of the name to Strauss:
It’s my parents’ names spelled backwards. My dad’s name was Latif, and my mom’s name was Laila, and when you pronounce the names backwards, phonetically, it is “Alial Fital.” (pictured below)
Without a doubt, the best part of the Alial Fital Web site is the use of NFL teammates and coaches to model his clothing. Redskins fans might recognize the white-clad JZ:
Hamdan was also teammates of both Hasselbecks in his football days — you can see one of them at Redskins training camp in the picture on top of this post. Here’s the other one:
It’s always nice to see former players land on their feet when their playing days are over. Best of luck to Hamdan with Alial Fital and I look forward to seeing a burgundy and gold creation sometime soon.
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