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Chiefs sign Husain Abdullah

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Earlier this month, veteran safety Husain Abdullah worked out for the Chiefs.  And the Chiefs apparently liked what they saw.

The team announced that Abdullah has agreed to terms.

Abdullah spent four seasons with the Vikings, after entering the league as an undrafted free agent.  Last year, Abdullah and his brother, Hamza, walked away from football to make a pilgrimage to Mecca during the holy season of Ramadan.

“We’ve been playing football since we were 8 years old,” Husain Abdullah told Mary Carillo during a 2012 profile on Rock Center with Brian Williams, “from Pop Warner to high school, and to college, and into the NFL.  And although we’re knocking down all these barriers, doing things that people said you can’t do, all of a sudden, it was like there’s more to life than this.  There’s more.  And we had to go for it.”

Husain is now going for it by returning to the NFL.  Welcome back.

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16 Responses to “Chiefs sign Husain Abdullah”
  1. The Prophet says: Feb 18, 2013 6:19 PM

    Chiefs are getting a good player. Abdullah was the only guy doing anything when Minny’s secondary was bottoming out in 2011.

  2. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 18, 2013 6:28 PM

    Husain could have gone to work at his family’s meat market, but he didn’t want to be known as Abdullah the butcher.

  3. purpleguy says: Feb 18, 2013 6:35 PM

    Good guy, average player, and one more concussion away from needing a drool cup.

  4. landof10000lakes says: Feb 18, 2013 6:45 PM

    Cue the haters to say he shouldn’t have gotten another chance since he walked away from football for a year…

  5. boogerhut says: Feb 18, 2013 6:47 PM

    Who said you couldn’t do what? You comparing playing in the NFL as a man of color to someone like Rosa Parks? Yeah, you busted down those barriers for future athletically gifted urban youths to get a foot in the door. They are sooo overlooked by scouts. SMH

  6. satanicxhellxcreature says: Feb 18, 2013 7:05 PM

    Good luck to Mr. Abdullah and the Chiefs. He’s a great guy, but nothing special as far as being an NFL player.

  7. eventhorizon04 says: Feb 18, 2013 7:08 PM

    Good signing by the Chiefs – he’s an above average safety with starting experience.

    The Vikings wanted to keep him, but he opted to take a year off. In addition to religious reasons, he took that year off due to a history of concussions that led him to contemplate retiring at that point.

    Assuming he can avoid those concussion problems after a year away from football, this signing gives the Chiefs a backfield partner for Eric Berry who can hold his own.

  8. Soulman45 says: Feb 18, 2013 7:49 PM

    As long as you can help me win a game or two come on and sign on the dotted line.

  9. paulcanavati says: Feb 18, 2013 7:59 PM

    Meh. He’s very average. That being said, there was a time where he was the best safety on the Vikings roster, not like that’s saying much. He’s a heck of a human being though. Wishing him all the best in KC.

  10. jrebar88 says: Feb 18, 2013 8:58 PM

    Saddam?

  11. benroethlisberger7 says: Feb 18, 2013 10:44 PM

    This move makes the Chiefs an instant contender. LOL

  12. kacapaco says: Feb 19, 2013 12:26 AM

    Delusion is over and reality kicked in…allah let’s u have 4 wives but will never throw u a bread. sorry a$$ pilgrimage.

  13. claymatthewsisonsteroids says: Feb 19, 2013 1:22 AM

    Good luck, Hussain! It takes a man to walk away from a multi million dollar contract in order to pursue something that you believe in. We could have used you next to Harry the hitman here in Minny, but all the best in Kansas City.

  14. seanb20124 says: Feb 19, 2013 7:00 AM

    So he quit the league to take a two week first class vacation to Saudi Arabia?

  15. oldbyrd says: Feb 19, 2013 9:00 AM

    Typical Reid choice. Less than average player

  16. whatjusthapped says: Feb 19, 2013 3:05 PM

    The Vikings secondary sucked for a reason, granted he is only 1/4th of that reason but still, the guy could hardly cover my grandmother in a wheelchair. I thought Ried would know better but maybe the Chiefs are really that bad.

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