MUHAMMAD ABDULQAADIR and has a lengthy piece today about a Muslim football player who may have been kept out of the National Football League because of his father’s ties to terrorism. The article is also featured on Pro Football Talk.

Muhammad Abdulqaadir was an All-American running back at Southern Illinois who set the school record for touchdowns. Abdulqaadir ran for over 1,000 yards his Junior and Senior seasons and was a finalist for the Walter Payton Award which goes to the nation’s top 1-AA player. He was also a high school and JUCO All-American who ran a 4.4 40 yard dash and was originally projected as a mid-round NFL draft pick.

Despite all of these accomplishments, Abdulqaadir went unselected in the 2004 NFL draft. Not only that, but he never got invited to any team’s training camp and hasn’t received an offer or even a phone call from any NFL team since.  The running back has spent the last several years bouncing around the Arena League and the Canadian Football League.

The piece speculates that the running back’s lack of NFL job offers may be directly tied to his father’s involvement as an alleged terrorist.

The FBI suspected Abdulqaadir’s father of terrorist activity. He was a friend of Zacarias Moussaoui (the so-called “20th hijacker” from 9/11.) Abdulqaadir’s father also did recruiting for a radical Sunni Muslim organization. He was detained as one of the first U.S. citizens who was a material witness after 9/11. His name also came up in connection with the World Trade Center bombing in 1993 and the Oklahoma City bombing. Abdulqaadir’s father was never arrested on terrorist carges but was convicted on a federal weapons charge. He has since been released from prison.

The article quotes a source who feels that the suspected terrorist activity by his father may be the reason Muhammad Abdulqaadir has never received a chance by the “patriotic” NFL. 

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  1. jay diers Says:

    i say him play as a freshman in high school. he was the best i have ever seen, total package of speed, balance, and power. a man among boys.

  2. stan atkinson Says:

    just saw rerun of his story.
    where is he playing now..Sep ’09?

  3. plyboult Says:

    as of right now he’s not playing anymore

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