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Husain Abdullah | Defensive Back | #39

Team: Kansas City Chiefs
Age / DOB:  (32) / 7/27/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 204
College: Washington State

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Chiefs S Husain Abdullah announced his retirement from the NFL after seven seasons.
"There are numerous deciding factors in my decision, with personal health being foremost. Sitting for five weeks last year after suffering the fifth concussion of my career, I had a lot to contemplate," Abdullah said on Instagram. "My goals moving forward are to be of benefit to my family, my community, my country and hopefully the world. Having a sound mind will be vital in accomplishing these goals." Only 30, Abdullah is yet another quality player retiring early due to concussion concerns. An undrafted free agent out of Washington State in 2008, Abdullah played just 53 snaps his first two seasons in the league. He earned a starting spot with the Vikings in 2010 and started 45 games for Minnesota and Kansas City over the next five seasons. Abdullah finishes his career with six interceptions, 2.5 sacks and 261 tackles. Mon, Mar 28, 2016 09:20:00 AM

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The NFL admitted Tuesday the unsportsmanlike conduct flag thrown on Chiefs S Husain Abdullah Monday night was incorrect.

The NFL (no fun league) has a rule that says players are prohibited from engaging in any celebrations or demonstrations while on the ground. However, Abdullah is Muslim and dropped to his knees in prayer after a pick-6 on Tom Brady Monday night. "The officiating mechanic in this situation is not to flag a player who goes to the ground as part of religious expression," said league spokesman Michael Signora. Many players go to one knee for religious reasons in the end zone, a move recently made famous by Tim Tebow.
Tue, Sep 30, 2014 10:17:00 AM

Husain Abdullah "appears to have the edge" on the Chiefs' free safety job.

The competition for the starting job opposite Eric Berry is wide open, with Abdullah getting the majority of first-team snaps over Sanders Commings and third-round CB Phillip Gaines. Abdullah was out of the NFL in 2012, but impressed in two starts filling in for Berry and Kendrick Lewis last season.
Sat, Jun 7, 2014 02:24:00 PM

Coach Andy Reid said Husain Abdullah is the current favorite for the Chiefs' starting free safety job.

Abdullah had 27 tackles and an interception playing behind Kendrick Lewis last season. He's best suited for a third safety role, but provides a veteran option if the Chiefs fail to upgrade in the draft. 2013 fifth-round pick Sanders Commings is also competing for snaps opposite Eric Berry.
Sat, Apr 26, 2014 06:07:00 PM

Chiefs re-signed S Husain Abdullah to a two-year contract.

Abdullah, 29 in July, couldn't overtake Kendrick Lewis for starting free safety duties last season, but did contribute on special teams and had a 44-yard pick six on defense. He should be Kansas City's third safety in 2014.
Tue, Mar 11, 2014 08:14:00 PM

Chiefs signed FS Husain Abdullah, formerly of the Vikings.

Abdullah, 27, was graded as a top-25 safety by Pro Football Focus in 2011 before sitting out the entire 2012 season while pursuing religious obligations. The Vikings wanted to sign him to an extension a year ago. This could be an under-the-radar pickup for a Kansas City team needy across from SS Eric Berry.
Mon, Feb 18, 2013 06:03:00 PM

Free agent S Husain Abdullah will work out for the Chiefs this week.

Abdullah, and his brother Hamza, walked away from the NFL last summer to pursue religious obligations. Husain was also considering hanging up his cleats due to concussion problems. The 27-year-old had an extension with the Vikings lined up, but his religious beliefs forced him to turn it down.
Mon, Feb 4, 2013 09:49:00 AM

Free agent S Husain Abdullah is walking away from the NFL to pursue religious obligations.

Abdullah's brother Hamza, a free agent defensive back, is also making a pilgrimage to Mecca during the 2012 season. According to ESPN 1500 Twin Cities, Abdullah turned down a contract extension last season in part because his Muslim beliefs prevented him drawing attention to himself. He told Vikings officials months ago that he was considering retirement after battling concussion issues the past couple of seasons. The brothers do intend to continue their NFL careers after Ramadan.
Thu, Jun 21, 2012 04:57:00 PM

Free agent S Husain Abdullah (concussions) has reportedly made it clear to the Vikings that he can and will play this season.

Abdullah briefly considered retirement before gaining medical clearance in late January. He's still weighing his options after receiving an offer from the Vikings a month ago.
Wed, Apr 18, 2012 11:24:00 AM

The Vikings still hope to re-sign both S Husain Abdullah and LB E.J. Henderson.

Abdullah has reportedly been mulling over an offer from the Vikings for, at least, a few days now. ESPN 1500 Twin Cities' Tom Pelissero suggests that Abdullah has a much better chance of returning than Henderson, as the Vikings are looking to rebuild the middle of their defense this offseason.
Sun, Mar 25, 2012 04:44:00 PM

Free agent SS Husain Abdullah is "mulling over" a contract offer from the Vikings.

Abdullah was having a solid season in 2011 before his second concussion in four years sent him to injured reserve in Week 13. He has been cleared to resume playing, however. The Vikings are thin at safety behind Jamarca Sanford.
Mon, Mar 19, 2012 06:01:00 PM

Free agent SS Husain Abdullah (concussion) has gained clearance to continue his football career after visiting two specialists last week.

Abdullah had contemplated retirement after landing on injured reserve in late November due to his fourth concussion in two years. Specialists assured him the latest concussion was not "career-burdening." Coming off his best season at age 26, Abdullah has expressed interest in returning to Minnesota.
Mon, Jan 23, 2012 01:51:00 PM

Impending free agent SS Husain Abdullah revealed that he will consider retiring this offseason due to concussions.

Abdullah had the best season of his career in 2011 and is only 26, but he's been concussed four times over the past two seasons. "If the doctor comes and tells me something I don't want to hear," said Abdullah, "then definitely I've got to start putting the family first." The Vikings offered Abdullah an extension offer earlier in the year, but tabled it after he went on I.R.
Mon, Jan 2, 2012 08:13:00 PM

Vikings placed SS Husain Abdullah (concussion) on injured reserve, ending his season.

Abdullah hadn't practiced since sustaining a concussion two weeks ago. The I.R. move suggests he's still dealing with symptoms. It's poor timing for an impending free agent who reportedly turned down an extension early in the season. Prior to the concussion, both parties wanted him back in Minnesota for 2012.
Tue, Nov 29, 2011 06:44:00 PM

The Vikings reportedly offered FS Husain Abdullah a contract extension two months ago.

Although Abdullah allowed touchdowns in three consecutive games at one point this season, beat writer Tom Pelissero notes that he's "highly regarded within the building." The two-year starter turned down the Vikings' original offer, but he likes coach Leslie Frazier and wants to stay in Minnesota.
Fri, Nov 25, 2011 06:39:00 AM

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