A premiere canine competition involves special athletes with skills that help them excel in a host of unique challenges. That’s why Akbar Gbajabiamila, host for The American Ninja Warriors TV show, is uniquely qualified to host the 23rd annual Purina Pro Plan Incredible Dog Challenge that has the best of man’s best friends competing in a number specially-designed competitions. In many ways, it’s has similarities to the Ninja courses. Akbar is himself an accomplished athlete and former NFL star. Discover why this pet-loving athlete is teaming up with Purina Pro Plan to showcase the amazing athletic abilities of the top canine friends in the nation.
Discover some changes to the 2020 challenge and what it takes for a precious pooch to succeed! You’ll not only see some ‘incredible’ dogs, but Akbar will also demonstrate how high-quality nutrition and expert training make a difference in the competition.
Akbar is the host of the three-time Emmy nominated series American Ninja Warrior, Universal Kid’s spin off show, American Ninja Warrior Jr as well as NFL Networks' highest rated show, NFL Fantasy Live. The L.A. native played 5 years in the NFL with the Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers, and Miami Dolphins before retiring in 2008. Akbar is also the author of Everyone Can Be A Ninja. May! Gbajabiamila currently serves as a board member for the Asomugha Foundation, an organization aimed at creating better educational opportunities for impoverished communities. Akbar also serves on the Board of the Michael J. Fox Foundation, which raises millions of dollars for Parkinson’s research. Akbar’s own father has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease.