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Vikings special teamer has plan for Ramadan this time around

Two-a-day practices are grueling enough.  Starting on Wednesday, Vikings backup safety Husain Abdullah will have to get through without eating or drinking during the daytime because of Ramadan.

“I’ve been doing it since I was 7,” Abdullah told Chip Scoggins in an intriguing piece for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. “To a Muslim, Ramadan
is what we wait for every year. The holy month of Ramadan, we love it.”

While Abdullah loves it, the Vikings believe it sapped the special teamer’s energy last year for a month.  So with the help of the team’s nutritionist, the organization came up with a better plan to help their player.

Abdullah will start each day at 5AM with a prayer and breakfast.  He’ll eat a huge dinner after dusk, and then wake up every morning at 2AM to down a protein shake that will help keep him going all day.

“Last year he was kind of shouldering it all by himself,” Childress said.

Inspired by Hakeem Olajuwon, who fasted during the NBA season, perhaps Abdullah and his brother Hamza of the Cardinals will inspire another generation of Muslim Americans.

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37 Responses to “Vikings special teamer has plan for Ramadan this time around”
  1. MtPSCPatsFan says: Aug 9, 2010 11:12 AM

    What?? No Tebow treatment?

  2. Gravy Makes Sconnies Fat says: Aug 9, 2010 11:13 AM

    they relaxed the rules for wisconsin muslims, they only have to get through the daylight hours without eating any live animals and they can drink anything they want except applesauce.

  3. SpoonFeedBear says: Aug 9, 2010 11:33 AM

    Rosenthal, I will cut you some slack because you not nearly the hypocrite that Florio is but really? Inspire? You guys, rip on Dunge, Tebow and anyone else that is a Christian but for these guys you say we are supposed to be inspired. Wow, that really consistent.

  4. LordFavre says: Aug 9, 2010 11:37 AM

    Ah yes, once again the ignorant RACISM of the average American rears its ugly head….not able to understand the difference between a Religion and a geopolitical country that they are at war with…
    Fools brainwashed by Fox News is the culprit!
    (By the way, more people were killed in Jesus Christ’s name than any other religious figurehead in history)

  5. Adam-Chris Schefterson says: Aug 9, 2010 11:47 AM

    Oh no!!! Whatever will the Vikings do if this guy’s energy is sapped for a month? I’m sorry, but I just don’t know how the average queens fan is going to handle this. 8 wins tops.
    Yeah, that’s my Gravyboy imitation.

  6. IndyColt45 says: Aug 9, 2010 11:56 AM

    How bad is it that a guy whose energy was sapped for a month still made the team?

  7. polishkingski says: Aug 9, 2010 12:00 PM

    i would call myself an agnostic so i really could care less about matters such as this however i must say that the Christians with their squawking do have a legitimate beef. if these two guys would have been jesus freaks the comments posted here would be very abusive but since these guys are muslims its not PC so their just trying their best to pull off a really dangerous, assinine act of piety.

  8. joetoronto says: Aug 9, 2010 12:12 PM

    LordFavre says: August 9, 2010 11:37 AM
    (By the way, more people were killed in Jesus Christ’s name than any other religious figurehead in history)
    *********************************************************
    The key word in your statement is “history”.
    How many get killed today in the name of Jesus Christ?
    Now compare that to your prophet.
    Killing people because they make a satirical sketch of him is alright with you, I guess, but not with the rest of us.

  9. Beam me up Scotty says: Aug 9, 2010 12:25 PM

    Two a Days and no water? Does Korey Stringer come to mind? I’d get a new career…..

  10. Raven Adam says: Aug 9, 2010 12:26 PM

    @polishkingski
    Your comment annoys me.. the correct term is i COULDN’T care less. You said you could care less meaning that you actually care, when in fact you are trying to say that you do not care..
    Just Sayin

  11. EverybodyGotAIDS says: Aug 9, 2010 12:36 PM

    I think it’s selfish and unprofessional to put something as silly as religion ahead of your job. Neither Jesus nor Mohammed is keeping the lights on or putting food on the table. It would be like a football player saying that they’re only willing to play games on Thursday or Saturday nights, but not Sundays…because that’s god’s day. That being said, if the guy can do it, and the Vikings feel that he’s still a contributor, who cares? I’d just be upset if it didn’t get factored in during contract time (i.e. “You want to work at half strength for a month? We’ll pay you accordingly”)

  12. SpoonFeedBear says: Aug 9, 2010 12:40 PM

    LordFavre says: August 9, 2010 11:37 AM
    Ah yes, once again the ignorant RACISM of the average American rears its ugly head….not able to understand the difference between a Religion and a geopolitical country that they are at war with…
    ——————————————————
    RACISM is against people of different DNA. Not different religions. But of course your liberal media (FLORIO included) tells you to think that all opposition is RACISM. More lies from the LEFT.
    And, last I checked that geopolitical country was occupied by Muslim’s.

  13. gunzofsteel says: Aug 9, 2010 12:45 PM

    Hakeem Olajuwon not only fasted during the finals, he DOMINATED. As long as Abdullah “carbs up” in the morning he should be fine.

  14. richkotitte says: Aug 9, 2010 12:48 PM

    Maybe we could kill two birds with one stone here. What is Goodell fighting ? That’s right concussions. The muslim ace bandage-like head dress could serve not only to praise Allah, but to protect against concussions. Throw three hail Mary’s and Bless me Allah, Jesus, and Lord Favre!
    Dr. Love

  15. robert ethen says: Aug 9, 2010 12:50 PM

    Ironically his locker is next to devout Heathen Deuce Latuti, whose religion prohibits him from eating while he is sound asleep.

  16. DC_Bengals_Fan says: Aug 9, 2010 12:52 PM

    “Two a Days and no water? Does Korey Stringer come to mind?”
    With Korey, unfortunately, the problem wasn’t what he wasn’t taking (water), but what he was taking (ephedra, allegedly).

  17. Pervy *Harvin says: Aug 9, 2010 12:58 PM

    Ramadan noodles are cheap and tasty ….

  18. brasho says: Aug 9, 2010 1:25 PM

    DC_Bengals_Fan says:
    August 9, 2010 12:52 PM
    “Two a Days and no water? Does Korey Stringer come to mind?”
    With Korey, unfortunately, the problem wasn’t what he wasn’t taking (water), but what he was taking (ephedra, allegedly).
    ++++++++++++++++++++++
    No, like with other people, Ephedra was incorrectly blamed for Stringer’s death, not the 100+ degree heat and humidity and the fact that Stringer was grossly overweight and out of shape.

  19. Outlaw Jersey Whales says: Aug 9, 2010 1:41 PM

    LordFavre says:
    August 9, 2010 11:37 AM
    (By the way, more people were killed in Jesus Christ’s name than any other religious figurehead in history)
    ————————————————–
    Well, the Christians DID have a 600 year head start on the Muslims!

  20. Other Bears says: Aug 9, 2010 1:43 PM

    LordFavre says: August 9, 2010 11:37 AM
    Ah yes, once again the ignorant RACISM of the average American rears its ugly head….not able to understand the difference between a Religion and a geopolitical country that they are at war with…
    ——————– ——————– ————–
    Yours was the 4th post and nothing in the 1st 3 said anything against a country or a religion. To what are you referring?

  21. bigfranky75 says: Aug 9, 2010 1:59 PM

    Lord Farve said: “(By the way, more people were killed in Jesus Christ’s name than any other religious figurehead in history)”
    Can you provide citations/evidence for that ridiculous statement?

  22. sand0 says: Aug 9, 2010 2:24 PM

    Half the time liberals are more single minded and anti-logic as the conservatives that they bash. Lord Favre might have been trying to be sarcastic or stir the pot but seriously his comment was as ignorant and uncalled for as any n-bomb ever dropped in this country.
    Mindlessly bashing a stereotyped group for a response that you assume they’d have to a situation out of their control is as ignorant as it comes, even if said group is not a minority.

  23. mr_snrub says: Aug 9, 2010 2:30 PM

    Boy religion sure makes some people do some really pointless, futile, and silly things. Even Tebow’s silly superstitions can’t come close to this guy’s absurdity.

  24. Bob S. says: Aug 9, 2010 2:38 PM

    @LordFavre
    Ah yes, once again the ignorant RACISM of the average American rears its ugly head….not able to understand the difference between a Religion and a geopolitical country that they are at war with…
    Fools brainwashed by Fox News is the culprit!
    (By the way, more people were killed in Jesus Christ’s name than any other religious figurehead in history)

    Say what? How about there racism shown thruout the Muslim world as they exit their mosques on Friday’s woldwide screaming “Death to America.” And toasting each other in Palestine after 9/11 occurred. BTW- this isn’t only against Americans and everyone different than them and has been going on for 1200 or more years long before the USA was founded or even Foxnews. Go read today’s regular daily “terrorist” events thruout the world. It is now 2010 and the only religion people are being killed for is that one and they themselves say it is why they do it.

  25. muchmaligned says: Aug 9, 2010 3:09 PM

    Gravy Makes Sconnies Fat says:
    August 9, 2010 11:13 AM
    they relaxed the rules for wisconsin muslims, they only have to get through the daylight hours without eating any live animals and they can drink anything they want except applesauce.
    ————————————————————
    I nearly choked reading this. Hilarious. I am a Wisconsinite by way of Washington and Michigan. Been here only 20years, so I don’t have the “the gravy gene.” Those of us in Madison (civilization) share your pain.
    Go Lions! Go Badgers!

  26. muchmaligned says: Aug 9, 2010 3:19 PM

    RACISM is against people of different DNA. Not different religions. But of course your liberal media (FLORIO included) tells you to think that all opposition is RACISM. More lies from the LEFT.
    And, last I checked that geopolitical country was occupied by Muslim’s
    ————————————————————
    @spoonfeedbear, I hope this is a joke, because if it isn’t, you’re an idiot. Different DNA? We’ve mapped the human genome and there is no ethinicity-based difference among humans. None.
    Racism is when one ethnic group has the power to subjugate another ethnic group based on ethnicity, then blames said group for their subjugation and resultant behaviors. Dumb sons of bitches like you shouldn’t be able to vote or speak.

  27. bigern9090 says: Aug 9, 2010 3:59 PM

    All Religions = fairy tales. Only the ignorant take them literally.
    And the only religion killing people REGULARLY for insulting said religion is Islam. People will stop hating on Muslims when they fix their own house.

  28. GB3Pack4 says: Aug 9, 2010 4:16 PM

    I stopped by to make a rational comment but obviously I took a wrong turn …

  29. CYGNUS X-1 says: Aug 9, 2010 4:29 PM

    way to censor my comment pft. wouldn’t expect anything less from you tree hugging left wingers though. wouldn’t want to insult muslims now would we?just because everything about our culture is beside the point right?we have to and be sensative to them right?

  30. TheWizard says: Aug 9, 2010 5:01 PM

    Fools brainwashed by Fox News is the culprit!
    Yeah, we were so much better off with the previous 30 years of leftist media monopoly.

  31. ACS says: Aug 9, 2010 5:47 PM

    bigern9090 says:
    August 9, 2010 3:59 PM
    All Religions = fairy tales. Only the ignorant take them literally.
    —————
    I’ll say a prayer for you tonight.

  32. bigmetaldude says: Aug 9, 2010 8:13 PM

    Too many of you are downplaying Abdullah’s role on special teams. The man is very solid in coverage.

  33. JuicyMelon says: Aug 10, 2010 5:10 AM

    In the NFL or not, you have freedom of religion! I am happy that the Vikings are working with him on this!

  34. DcNinerFan says: Aug 10, 2010 10:28 AM

    CYGNUS X-1 – It’s all good dude. They censor 1 out of every 10 comments I post because they don’t like comments to be “overly political in nature,” despite the fact that they and other commentators post political comments all the time. Whats great and telling about Libtards like them is that the same day they responded to my complaint, basically telling me free speech doesn’t exist here, Florio went on a tangent, complaining about politics in one of his “stories.” Just goes to show the definition of hypocrisy.
    Whatever anyone has to say about Islam as a religion, whatever the arguments are for the teachings, whether people want to believe that is a peaceful/hateful religion by nature, that is all irrelevant. The leaders of Islam are brainwashing their followers (even in this country), ALA the Catholic Church during the Spanish Inquisition and similar events in Christian history. The difference is, honestly, Christianity as a whole no longer does that. We can’t, because the MSM would literally eviscerate us… also, its specifically forbidden by our God.
    However, the MSM seems to have no problem with the mass genocide, hate speech, and indoctrination that goes on in the name of Mohamed, for some reason stressing that everyone needs to be “understanding” of their culture. Yeah, I mean, why weren’t they understanding of all those mass genocides that took place in Africa. It was cultural, right?
    Islam is very attractive to Liberal Elitists because it introduces an extremely strict code of control and leaves them free to do what they want. It really is rather simple to understand, rather more complex to solve and fight against.

  35. SpoonFeedBear says: Aug 10, 2010 4:03 PM

    # muchmaligned says: August 9, 2010 3:19 PM
    @spoonfeedbear, I hope this is a joke, because if it isn’t, you’re an idiot. Different DNA? We’ve mapped the human genome and there is no ethinicity-based difference among humans. None.
    Racism is when one ethnic group has the power to subjugate another ethnic group based on ethnicity, then blames said group for their subjugation and resultant behaviors. Dumb sons of bitches like you shouldn’t be able to vote or speak.
    ——————————————–
    Sir, you missed my point but that is fine. People think they have a super DNA and that is why it is ok to subjugate a different group. I am fully aware that ALL of us are the same. We all had the same beginning and it wasn’t APES. Bottom Line, true RACISM is totally and horribly wrong. Wrong here and and wrong in Rwanda. But the story above is not racism…
    However, you have made a interest point. And it is liberal people like you, who view themselves better then others, that seek to subjugate me. Interesting isn’t it? There is a word for it, but it escapes me right now.
    I am prepared to be the first one the train because of people like YOU, but I hope you are prepared to be on the second train. Because your freedom is will be next. Our (you and me) have a common enemy but you have aligned with them and don’t even understand that.
    Your anger amazes me… Proof again, that the Liberal Left is the most intolerant group. They only pretend.

  36. LordFavre says: Aug 10, 2010 4:15 PM

    Gee…I don’t know, Joe Toronto…
    How many innocent Iraqis, etc..were killed in Bush’s Christofascist WAR…..? 100,000? 200,000?
    Nothing wrong with that though, right…? Because that’s OUR side…right jackasses?
    What I love about America is that most of it’s inhabitants are too stupid to even understand their own history….or maybe that’s just “Sconnies”, right Pervy?
    Wow.

  37. LordFavre says: Aug 10, 2010 4:19 PM

    DCNiner…you’re one of the supreme jackasses that I’m referring about…
    Yeah…ALL Muslims are bad because a few extremists bombed a building….Kill ‘em all, right?
    “Nits make Nats”…eh?
    And it didn’t have anything to do with America’s militaristic history in the middle east, right? Gulf War I, army bases in Saudi Arabia….nah…It’s just that the A-RABS are jeolous of us and our supreme way of living….
    DC..You are one of the brainwashed idiots to whom I am referring. Watch Fox news much?

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