Even though Kansas City Chiefs free safety Husain Abdullah had interest from other teams, he knew from the start he wanted to remain with the Chiefs.
Abdullah had an interesting road to find himself on the Chiefs roster last year. After going undrafted, Abdullah was signed by the Minnesota Vikings following the 2008 NFL Draft. His first two seasons were relatively uneventful before posting a career year in 2010 with 75 tackles and three interceptions.
Following the 2011 season, Abdullah decided to take a year off from football and travel to Mecca, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on a religious pilgrimage.
In doing that, Abdullah knew it would be tough to break back into the league. When he returned for the 2013 season, he only could hope that a team would call and take a chance on him. That team was the Chiefs.
Though Abdullah didn’t beat out Kendrick Lewis for the starting Free Safety position last year, with Lewis gone and no clear-cut replacement currently on the roster, Abdullah has the opportunity to expand his role a bit.
“I’ve always been looked at as a kind of a tweener. However they want to use me, I’m going to be comfortable with it.”
Last year, Abdullah came to the Chiefs on a one-year “show me” contract. Filling in as a solid back-up defensive back with 27 tackles, one-half of a sack and an electrifying pick-six against the Oakland Raiders during a Week 6 match-up at Arrowhead, as well as his contributions on special teams, the young man from Washington State did just that.
But, what brought him back to Kansas City?
“The fans, the way the organization is ran and the way the team gelled last year.”
I can think of no better reasons.