Hamza Abdullah
Free Agent
Personal information
Date of birth: (1983-08-20) August 20, 1983 (age 36)
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
* Tampa Bay Buccaneers ( 2005)*
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2011
Tackles     88
Interceptions     0
Forced fumbles     3

Hamza Muhammad Abdullah (born August 20, 1983) is an 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 yearsEdit

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 careerEdit

Tampa Bay BuccaneersEdit

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 BroncosEdit

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 BrownsEdit

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 CardinalsEdit

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

Personal LifeEdit

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


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

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