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Steelers kicker Shaun Suisham is now officially an American citizen

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 09: Kicker Shaun Suisham #6 of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on against the New York Jets during a game at MetLife Stadium on November 9, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) Getty Images

Shaun Suisham has another title today, beyond “injured Steelers kicker.”

Now, he can call himself “American.”

The 34-year-old Suisham was sworn in as an American citizen yesterday as part of a naturalization ceremony at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, in Wilkins, Pa.

I have grown to love the United States of America; specifically, Pittsburgh,” Suisham said, via Chris Adamski of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “And it has become our home.

“I have been here for my entire adult life, and the United States has provided me and my family with wonderful opportunity. And I’m extremely grateful for that.”

Suisham was born and raised in Wallaceburg, Ontario, Canada, but came to the U.S. in 2000 on scholarship to kick at Bowling Green. He then met his wife, and they have two daughters.

“I couldn’t stand the thought of ever being separated for any reason from my girls,” Suisham said, “and that was the catalyst for going through this.”

And because he’s a bit of a local celebrity, he gave a brief speech at the ceremony where 31 others became citizens.

“[The speech] was really a cool moment of reflection of the past 15 years and what it has meant to me,” Suisham said. “It is pretty cool to see it on paper, and it’s been an awesome journey. I’m looking forward to continuing it.”

He joked that he’s lost his Canadian accent, meaning he now merely sounds like a Pittsburgher.

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33 Responses to “Steelers kicker Shaun Suisham is now officially an American citizen”
  1. pedrov1 says: Feb 11, 2016 1:07 PM

    Welcome to America !

  2. citizenstrange says: Feb 11, 2016 1:08 PM

    He joked that he’s lost his Canadian accent, meaning he now merely sounds like a Pittsburgher, eh?

  3. aequitas83 says: Feb 11, 2016 1:11 PM

    If there was a wall Canada paid for then we wouldn’t have these Canadian refugees taking American kicking jobs.

  4. babyjunkie says: Feb 11, 2016 1:16 PM

    Cool. Now President Trump won’t be able to deport him.

  5. bleedingfacemask says: Feb 11, 2016 1:26 PM

    Fun fact: Canada is located in America.

    So, he’s kinda sorta always been an American…

  6. ggggggggggmen says: Feb 11, 2016 1:31 PM

    not trying to cause anything this is just an observation..but was he illegally, legally working in the USA in one of the most glamours jobs (nfl not kicking) we have to offer?

  7. Cheesestradamus says: Feb 11, 2016 1:37 PM

    He isn’t native born so he can’t run for president! Some Canadians think think they can? Anyway, welcome to the voting madness!

  8. TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonAndNeverToReturn says: Feb 11, 2016 1:40 PM

    So, the highest scoring Steeler in last year’s WC beatdown was a Canadian? Maybe they should skip the draft and just scout the CFL. LOL

  9. dryzzt23 says: Feb 11, 2016 1:40 PM

    United States citizen….not “American” citizen.

    He already was an “American” by virtue of being born in North America.

  10. tvguy22 says: Feb 11, 2016 1:42 PM

    So it’s possible to use legal means to stay in America? Who knew?

  11. randomguy9999 says: Feb 11, 2016 1:43 PM

    Congrats! Your fellow Americans welcome you.

    You are better off here, Canada makes a great parking lot for the US.

  12. thefatlazygamer says: Feb 11, 2016 1:45 PM

    Hopefully he’s has dual citizenship for when his career is over and he needs the medical care. Then again, he’s a kicker so he’ll probably be fine.

  13. joemammy says: Feb 11, 2016 1:50 PM

    Oh, great…another yinzer.

  14. bouchez9393 says: Feb 11, 2016 1:54 PM

    No real Canadian would give up his citizenship. you don’t see 2013 Super Bowl champion Luke willson giving up his Canadian citizenship and he actually plays a real football position! Keep suisham America, he wasn’t good enough to play hockey or a real position on the football field so Canada doesn’t want him anyway!

  15. phooteballs says: Feb 11, 2016 2:01 PM

    Purely a tax move. If they elect Bernie president or if the price of oil rebounds look for him to reclaim his Canadian citizenship pronto.

  16. steelerben says: Feb 11, 2016 2:05 PM

    Congratulations on navigating the minefield that is becoming a Naturalized Citizen. Sorry about the accent.

  17. exiledinphilly says: Feb 11, 2016 2:06 PM

    Hopefully, the fact that there is no longer a need to fill out green card paperwork will help him find a new job this off season. No insult to Suisham — who has been very reliable for the Steelers — but he is a virtually certain cap casualty, given his contract and how well Boswell kicked as his replacement. High priced kickers are always the first to go!

  18. sasattack says: Feb 11, 2016 2:08 PM

    Congrats but too bad you won’t be kicking for Pit next season. You got “Wally Pipped”

  19. vikings1234 says: Feb 11, 2016 2:18 PM

    He joked that he’s lost his Canadian accent, meaning he now merely sounds like a Pittsburgher.

    Some jokes dumb. I lived a little north of Pittsburgh – it is a wonderful area and a great city, and I could easily move back there and feel good about it, but I would never want to have a “Pittsburgh accent”. Just like I would not want a Boston accent.

  20. fishyinalittledishy says: Feb 11, 2016 2:20 PM

    Really want to show my ignorance by saying I thought Canada was a US state but I won’t. Lol

  21. crik911 says: Feb 11, 2016 2:40 PM

    ggggggggggmen says:
    Feb 11, 2016 1:31 PM
    not trying to cause anything this is just an observation..but was he illegally, legally working in the USA in one of the most glamours jobs (nfl not kicking) we have to offer?

    —————————————

    You can’t possibly be that naive, (Ignorant, stupid, retarded) to not know what a work visa is. Unless your an 11 year old, I fear for your children.

  22. Lou Stools says: Feb 11, 2016 2:52 PM

    Cool. Now both him and Sen. Cruz are unqualified to be President.

  23. mach2plus says: Feb 11, 2016 2:56 PM

    “No real Canadian would give up his citizenship. you don’t see 2013 Super Bowl champion Luke willson giving up his Canadian citizenship and he actually plays a real football position! Keep suisham America, he wasn’t good enough to play hockey or a real position on the football field so Canada doesn’t want him anyway!”
    ———————
    I doubt he gave up his Canadian citizenship. He probably has dual citizenship now. Canadians (and others) do it all the time. Have you ever been to South Florida or Arizona in the wintertime? Can you say “taxes”? Can you say “social security “?

  24. bouchez9393 says: Feb 11, 2016 3:26 PM

    Mach2plus I have been to south Florida, and as a Canadian citizen you are only allowed to visit on a 6 month term then you must go back to Canada. Once you become a citizen of another country than you forfeit your original citizenship. The only sad part is, that since we’re Canadian we will probably forgive suisham for making this mistake and accept him back in Canada once he gets cut from the steelers!

  25. realtruthteller100 says: Feb 11, 2016 3:35 PM

    he should keep his canadien citizneship too cause hell be playin in the cfl next year

  26. bsizemore68 says: Feb 11, 2016 3:37 PM

    I’m glad that he wanted to be a citizen of the United States Of America, after all his children and wife are citizen’s of this county. Bill

  27. mack2x says: Feb 11, 2016 3:50 PM

    Congratulations and Welcome.

  28. rcali says: Feb 11, 2016 3:53 PM

    Ha, he comes to America to escape socialism and Bernie Sanders is leading in the polls for president. He should have thought this one over.

  29. TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonsAndNeverToReturn says: Feb 11, 2016 4:44 PM

    ggggggggggmen says:
    Feb 11, 2016 1:31 PM

    not trying to cause anything this is just an observation..but was he illegally, legally working in the USA in one of the most glamours jobs (nfl not kicking) we have to offer?

    ——————–

    No. Per Suisham:

    “I have been here on a student visa, a professional visa, and then a green card, and after having a green card, for permanent residency you have to wait a certain amount of time to become eligible to apply for citizenship.”

  30. mbmixer says: Feb 12, 2016 7:20 AM

    You might want to hang on to the Cdn passport when you travel abroad

  31. stillers213 says: Feb 12, 2016 9:37 AM

    Legally becoming a citizen? What a concept!

  32. TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonAndNeverToReturn says: Feb 12, 2016 7:04 PM

    With citizenship comes new responsibility. In Suisham’s case, he’ll have to do all the scoring because Big Ben can barely squeeze out one TD per post season game. So much for that so called high powered offense! LOL.

  33. followme2boston says: Feb 13, 2016 8:12 PM

    Immigrants taking American jobs, build a wall and make Canada pay for it!

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