Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, a 24-year-old American football linebacker for the Cleveland Browns in the National Football League (NFL), has embraced Islam.
Of Ghanaian descent, he took the decision during a courtesy visit to the residence of the National Chief Imam, Sheikh Usman Nuhu Sharubutu, in Accra, Ghanaian Muslims reported.
Taking the shahada, a testament of faith, from the Chief Imam, he was bestowed with the Muslim name “Usman Sharubutu.”
Reflecting on this significant moment, he expressed, “This is a pivotal moment in my life, and it is priceless to me.'”
The Chief Imam said the gift of Islam was given to those whom Allah loved the most, advising the athlete to honor his obligations to Allah as a Muslim.
“Allah loves the repentant, and he loves those who are holy,” he said.
Born in 1999, Owusu-Koramoah played college football at Notre Dame, where he won the Butkus Award and was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year and a unanimous All-American as a senior in 2020.
Owusu-Koramoah was selected by the Browns in the second round of the 2021 NFL Draft.