NGA Announces Akbar Gbajabiamila to Emcee Best Bagger Championship

February 20, 2019

Arlington, VA- Akbar Gbajabiamila, co-host of NBC’s America Ninja Warrior and author of Everyone Can Be A Ninja, will emcee the National Grocers Association (NGA) Best Bagger Championship, sponsored by PepsiCo, Inc.

Now in its 33rd year, the event provides grocery baggers from across the country with the opportunity to compete for the 2019 Best Bagger Champion title and the grand prize of $10,000. Contestants will be judged by speed of bagging, proper bag-building technique, weight distribution in the bag, as well as style, attitude, and appearance.

“NGA is excited for another great Best Bagger event this year at The NGA Show in San Diego and we are happy to have Akbar as our emcee for this intense competition,” said Peter Larkin, NGA President and CEO. “We look forward to Akbar bringing energy and enthusiasm to this long-standing program.”

Gbajabiamila grew up in Los Angeles and played college football for San Diego State while receiving his degree in communications & new media studies. He went on to play in the NFL for 5 years for the Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers, and Miami Dolphins.

In addition to his work on America Ninja Warrior, Akbar hosts America Ninja Warrior Jr. and NFL Networks’ NFL Fantasy Live.

The Best Bagger Championship will be held on Monday, February 25 at 5:00 p.m. PST at the San Diego Convention Center. Registration for The NGA Show is available at For more information on the NGA Best Bagger Championship, visit

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