Husain Ibn Mohammed Abdullah (Husain Abdullah) was born on July 27 1985 in Los Angeles, CA. If he were President of the United States, no doubt some would still be questioning his nationality even in his fifth year in the league. His career as a Kansas City Chief came to life on Sunday in Arrowhead Stadium.
Abdullah picked off a Terrelle Pryor pass and returned it 44 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Oakland Raiders. It was the exclamation point at the end of the following sentence. Chiefs trounce Raiders 24-7!
Husain is a backup free safety who got to see the field a bit more than usual yesterday due to starter Kendrick Lewis being banged up. Aside from his first ever pick-six, Abdullah also had two tackles, a quarterback pressure, a pass defended and an assisted sack in the contest.
No. 39 was an undrafted free agent in 2008 that was signed by the Minnesota Vikings as a security defensive back and special teams player. He won the starting strong-safety position with the Vikings in 2010, and was Minnesota’s starting free safety in 2011.
Abdullah’s older brother Hamza is a safety for the Arizona Cardinals, and he also had a birth of sorts inside Arrowhead Stadium. His first career start was in Kansas City as a member of the Denver Broncos in 2007.
You could say Husain Abdullah is in the first year of his second term in the NFL. While some may want to see his birth certificate to verify his birthplace, there is no questioning his religion. He’s Muslim. In fact, both he and his brother sat out last season to travel to Hajj. It’s a required pilgrimage within the religion to Mecca. Abdullah also fasts during Ramadan even when it falls during the season. The tradition requires that he consumes no food or liquid from sunrise to sunset on any day during the Holy Month.
This year, Ramadan ended on August 7, so there are no worries about his game day hydration. On Sunday, he feasted on an errant Oakland pass and the entire Chiefs kingdom was in on the celebration.
I am not Muslim so excuse my Arabic, but “Assalaamu ‘Aleykum, Husain”.
Translation: Welcome to our house, friend.
Troy Alan is a Kansas City Chiefs writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @TRantMedia or “Like” him on Facebook