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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
Stats at ArenaFan.com

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.

HighschoolEdit

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 changeEdit

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 careerEdit

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

Portland Forest DragonsEdit

Kusanti played for the Portland Forest Dragons in 1999.

Oklahoma WranglersEdit

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

Georgia ForceEdit

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]

PersonalEdit

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]

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Kusanti Abdul-Salaam". ArenaFan.com. http://www.arenafan.com/players/Kusanti_Abdul-Salaam-1996/. 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". Polytechnic.org. http://www.polytechnic.org/athletics/teams/default.asp?teamid=74439&level=&yearid=2009+-+2010&Name=false. Retrieved 2012-05-27.
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