Tamba Hali: Kansas City Chiefs legend escaped war-torn Liberia to become five-time Pro Bowl star

Forward of the Tremendous Bowl between the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles, we take a look at a number of the NFL's greatest rags to riches tales.

Right here the main target is on Kansas City Chiefs star Tamba Hali and his journey from Liberia to the NFL.


"I all the time keep in mind, I all the time needed to be a part of the preventing, as a result of I used to be a toddler and everybody was doing it," Hali stated.

"My brother wouldn’t let me. He did it for just a little bit … however I could also be lifeless. I don’t assume I’d be dwelling.

"I don’t actually see how life can be if I might have stayed and fought as a result of all of the individuals I knew as buddies, they’re lifeless."

THE RIVER WE CAUGHT OUR FISH IN. #WARTORN #cousinsalan

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SPEAKING TO THE YOUTH AFTER A QUICK SWIM. THEY ALL WANTED MONEY BELIEVE IT OR NOT. #NAPLAHFORGOVERNOR #liberia #LIBERIAN #warisnottheanswer #IMISSMYBABY

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REUNITED WITH MY FAMILY IN LIBERIA. HAVEN'T BEEN BACK SINCE 1992! #LIB #AFRICA #BLESSED #HAPPYSUNDAY #IN #LIBERIA #OHWHATAFEELING @miss__hali

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His household would forage meals, consuming no matter they might earlier than ultimately his mom, Rachel Keita, smuggled them over the border into the Ivory Coast.

Hali's father had been within the US since 1985, utilizing his chemistry and biology levels to become a instructor and half-time professor.

A two yr watch for paperwork ensued earlier than Hali and his siblings have been granted visas to be a part of their father within the US in 1994.

However it was not with out extra heartache – Rachel had by no means been married to Henry and had to keep behind.

Months would go by with none contact, with solely sporadic dribs and drabs of news.

He discovered in 2004 – 10 years since he had final seen his mom – that she had been hit by a stray bullet within the knee whereas doing missionary work.

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Hali requested the Chiefs to assist together with his state of affairs and ultimately Rachel joined her household within the States… they have been lastly reunited after 12 years aside.

He stated: "My mum was in my life from day one.

"So having her right here after being away from her for 12 years… it was a state of affairs virtually like your mum or dad was lifeless for 12 years and now she's again in your life.

"You possibly can see the distinction in me – to have mum and a dad. It simply retains me grounded to have them pleased with what I'm doing, and being usually house and close by emotionally."

Hali, who donated $50,000 to assist battle Ebola in Liberia, lastly returned to the nation in 2016, regardless of warnings from family and friends and even the Secret Service.

Later requested what he thinks would have occurred to him if he'd by no means left Liberia, he stated: "I do know what would have occurred.

"I might be lifeless. I might have gotten older and thought it might have been okay to be a part of the military.

"I might have gone to conflict. So I’m actually blessed to be within the place I’m in, and I don’t need to ever overlook that."

Forward of the Tremendous Bowl between the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles, we take a look at a number of the NFL's greatest rags to riches tales.