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Former Minnesota Vikings safety Husain Abdullah cites health for retiring

Former Vikings safety Husain Abdullah, famous also for his training camp fasts surrounding Ramadan, announced his retirement and cited concussions and personal health among the reasons.

Former Minnesota Vikings safety Husain Abdullah announced his retirement Monday morning on Intsagram, saying concussions and “personal health” were foremost in his decision to retire after seven years in the NFL.

“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 wrote on his Instagram account. “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.”

Abdullah spent his first four NFL seasons with the Vikings, going from an undrafted rookie in 2008 to a full-time starter in 2010 and 2011. He started 15 games in 2010 and had 75 tackles, seven passes defensed and three interceptions. In 2011, he started all nine games he played, registered five passes defensed and one interception.

“I would like to thank the Minnesota Vikings for giving me an opportunity to make the team after going undrafted in 2008,” he wrote. “I experienced a great deal of growth both as a football player and as a person during my 4 years in Minnesota. Thank you.”

Abdullah said he had all the contract numbers worked out to re-sign with the Vikings in 2012, saying he didn’t know why he wasn’t ready to sign the contract but felt “there was more for me to do,” he told Viking Update in 2013.

Eventually, Abdullah elected to take the 2012 season off to fulfill his Hajj Pilgrimage with his brothers in 2012.

“I think we showed people that we were not about glitz and glamour, we were just regular people like them,” Abdullah said three years ago. “At every stop we made, there would be someone that would pull me aside for a one-on-one conversation. We didn’t discuss football. We talked about life and the choices all of us need to make as individuals. There was a lot of interaction and it was that way everywhere we stopped.  It was incredibly rewarding for all of us.”

After his time in Minnesota, he signed with the Kansas City Chiefs, saying they were the first team to call following his Muslin pilgrimage. He started two games for the Chiefs in 2013, then all 16 in 2014 before he was limited to four starts last year.

“The three years I spent playing for KC may have been the most enjoyable football experience in my entire life. Thank you,” he wrote.

“Thank you to everyone I’ve crossed paths with during my time as a player. You’ve had an impact on my life for the better. Thanks for the love and support. It’s greatly appreciated.”

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