Hamza Abdullah

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Hamza Abdullah
No. 21, 41, 23
Safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1983-08-20) August 20, 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth: Los Angeles, California
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 216 lb (98 kg)
Career information
College: Washington State
NFL Draft: 2005 / Round: 7 / Pick: 231
Debuted in 2005 for the Denver Broncos
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics
Tackles 88
Interceptions 0
Forced fumbles 3
Stats at NFL.com

Hamza Muhammad Abdullah (born August 20, 1983) is a former American football safety. He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the seventh round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He played college football at Washington State.

Abdullah has also played for the Denver Broncos and the Cleveland Browns. He is the older brother of NFL safety Husain Abdullah.

Early years[edit]

Abdullah was raised in southern California and is one of twelve children in his family. He was raised as a devout Muslim.[1][2] He attended Pomona High School[3] and played under John Capraro.

Professional career[edit]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

Abdullah was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the seventh round (231st overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft. He was waived at the end of training camp and spent the first two months of the 2005 season on the team's practice squad.

Denver Broncos[edit]

On November 1, 2005, Abdullah was signed off the Buccaneers' practice squad to the active roster of the Denver Broncos.

Abdullah spent the 2006 and 2007 seasons with the Broncos, playing primarily on special teams and in a reserve role. He started his first career game on November 11, 2007 against the Kansas City Chiefs, logging his first tackle against return specialist Dante Hall.

A restricted free agent in the 2008 offseason, Abdullah signed his one-year tender offer from the Broncos on April 17. He was released by the Broncos on September 23 after the team signed safety Vernon Fox.

Cleveland Browns[edit]

Abdullah was signed by the Cleveland Browns on October 6, 2008 after the team waived wide receiver Steve Sanders. He was waived during final cuts on September 5.

Arizona Cardinals[edit]

Abdullah was signed by the Arizona Cardinals on December 22, 2009 after linebacker Ali Highsmith was waived.

Personal life[edit]

Hamza, together with his brother Husain, chose to take the 2012 NFL season off in order to make a pilgrimage to Mecca.[original research?]

References[edit]

  1. ^ In the Heat of Camp, the Hunger of Faith New York Times, September 5, 2010
  2. ^ Reflecting on the past, embracing the present Scout.com, February 20, 2009
  3. ^ "Hamza Abdullah". Washington State Cougars. Retrieved December 3, 2012. 

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