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Ex-Vikings safety Husain Abdullah retires, citing health concerns

By Andrew Krammer

Three seasons after returning to the NFL, former Vikings safety Husain Abdullah will retire.

Abdullah, 30, announced his retirement on Instagram Monday, citing ‘personal health’ as the primary factor. Abdullah played seven NFL seasons and, after suffering his fifth concussion last season, wrote: “I had a lot to contemplate. 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.

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

He entered the league as an undrafted free agent out of Washington State, making the Vikings roster in 2008. Abdullah’s faith came before football, as he joined his brother and fellow NFL player Hamza Abdullah on a one-year sabbatical in 2012 to make the Hajj pilgrimage. He returned in 2013, signing with the Kansas City Chiefs, where he played three seasons.

Abdullah scored two touchdowns on six career interceptions in 103 NFL games, 57 for the Vikings. He took over a starting job for the Vikings in 2010, making 24 starts before a concussion ended his 2011 season.

The post Ex-Vikings safety Husain Abdullah retires, citing health concerns appeared first on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.

Source:: 1500 ESPN Sportswire

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