Kusanti Abdul-Salaam
Wide receiver / Defensive back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1975-03-29) March 29, 1975 (age 45)
Place of birth: Pasadena, California
Career information
College: UCLA
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Portland Forest Dragons (1999)
Career highlights and awards
  • N/A
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Kusanti Abdul-Salaam, birth name Andy Colbert, (born March 29, 1975) is a former Arena Football wide receiver/defensive back who played for the Portland Forest Dragons, Oklahoma Wranglers, Tampa Bay Storm and Georgia Force.[1] He played college football at UCLA.

Highschool[edit | edit source]

Kusanti attended John Muir High School. He lettered in football where he played quarterback and defensive back, track where he was a sprinter and hurdler, and basketball where he played point guard. He received a full scholarship to UCLA.

Name change[edit | edit source]

After a 35–17 loss to Arizona Andy Colbert changed his name to Kusanti Abdul-Salaam due to his conversion to the Islamic faith. The name literally means: "He that is servant of Allah, with peace and salvation."[2]

Post career[edit | edit source]

After college Abdul-Salaam went to Denmark to play professional football. In Denmark he played Runningback, Wide Receiver, and Defensive Back.

Portland Forest Dragons[edit | edit source]

Kusanti played for the Portland Forest Dragons in 1999.

Oklahoma Wranglers[edit | edit source]

Kusanti played with former UCLA team mate kicker Chris Sailer.[3]

Georgia Force[edit | edit source]

In 2001, Kusanti was the pick in the 2nd round of the 2001 Arena Football League dispersal draft by the Georgia Force, a new franchise team that year.[4]

Personal[edit | edit source]

Kusanti graduated with a B.A. in History. He works as a barber and also provides home health care for the handicap. He is currently working to become a professor in History. In 2008, he began coaching for the Pasadena Polytechnical School.[5]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Kusanti Abdul-Salaam". Retrieved 2012-05-27.
  2. ART THOMPSON: The Orange,County Register. (1996, Nov 17). Bruin not afraid to name names // UCLA NOTES: Kusanti abdul-salaam, who changed his name from andy colbert last week, blames himself after blown coverage. Orange County Register, pp. c.06-c.06.
  3. -, R. H. (2001, May 26). Avengers vs. oklahoma. Daily News, pp. S.12-S12.
  4. Holcomb, T. (2001, Dec 11). PRO FOOTBALL: ARENA FOOTBALL: Atlanta gets 2-way lineman with top pick. The Atlanta Journal the Atlanta Constitution, pp. C.5-C.5
  5. "Polytechnic School, a K-12, coed day school in Pasadena, CA". Retrieved 2012-05-27.
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