In four seasons in the NFL, Husain Abdullah has proven himself to be a significant member of the Vikings secondary as, in the past two years, the safety has combined for four interceptions and 12 passes defended.

But for Abdullah, his faith is more important, and according to, Husain Adbullah and his brother Hamza, an eight-year veteran who played with the Cardinals last year, will skip the 2012 season so they can speak at mosques around this country before they make a pilgrimage to Mecca.

The Abdullah’s are Muslim, and apparently, they feel they have a bigger dream to pursue than just football. They explain it/tease it in the video below.

Both Abdullah’s are free agents, and though the Vikings apparently have offered Husain Abdullah a deal, he’s simply not interested in playing ball this season.

“It has been a blessing to play in the NFL for both Husain and I,” Hamza Abdullah said in a statement. “But we would be remiss if we didn’t give thanks to the One who made it all possible.

“I visited Makkah, Saudi Arabia in March and a strong sense of urgency overcame me to attend ‘Hajj’ in October. I love the game of football, but it would directly coincide with my pilgrimage. So, I’m taking some time off.”

Good for the brothers, I say. While playing in the NFL had to be a dream come true for both of them, it sounds like they’re content to take on a new adventure. Here’s hoping they find the spiritual enrichment for which they’re searching.

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