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'Ninja Warrior' Star Joey Porter Got Me Cut From NFL Team

9/10/2015 11:12 AM PDT

'Ninja Warrior' Star -- Joey Porter Got Me Cut From NFL Team

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"American Ninja Warrior" star Akbar Gbaja-Biamila may have Joey Porter to thank for his budding TV career -- 'cause AGB says it's because of Porter his NFL career was cut short!!!  

It's a pretty funny story ... Akbar was a linebacker for the Miami Dolphins in 2007 -- when he claims he was supposed to sub in for Porter for a specific 3rd down defensive package. 

Problem is ... Porter REFUSED to the leave the field -- and the ref threw a flag for too many guys on defense. But because JP was such a high-profile, high paid guy at the time ... Akbar was the one who paid the price. 

You gotta watch the clip ... it's pretty funny the way Akbar tells the story. 

And don't feel too bad for Akbar -- star of one of the biggest shows on TV -- things seemed to have worked out ... 

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