Hi, this is Muhsin Muhammad
II and welcome to my official website. This website contains pictures, videos, journals
and personal information about me that you can’t get anywhere else. I will tell
you about my family, hobbies, friends and most important my faith. So without wasting
anymore time, let’s get started.
I was born in 1973 in Lansing, MI. I am the second oldest of three children. My
sister Malikah lives in North Carolina and my brother Abdullah resides in Michigan.
My father (Muhsin I) and mother (Marian) also make Michigan their home. My wife
Christa and I have six children, four girls and two boys (Jordan, Chase, Journey, Muhsin
III, Maddon and Kennedy). Outside of faith, I believe that family is the most important
thing in life. My family is not only the source of my power and strength, but is
the reason I work as hard as I do and have accomplished what I have throughout my
career. Most people assume that with my Arabic name that I am Muslim, when in fact
I am Christian. Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior. He is the glue in my marriage
and my ultimate role model for my life. My favorite verse in the Bible is Romans:
When I was a kid growing up in Lansing, I used to love to go fishing. Often I would
go to a local park named Sharp Park to fish at the pond there or I would go across
the street from my house to fish in the Grand River at Grand Woods Park. That was
my favorite place to go as a child. When I wasn’t rolling up my pants to go wading
up the river, I was catching frogs, snakes and turtles.
In the winter, there was an enormous hill in the park that my friends and I would
sled down. Some days we would sled until our fingers and toes would get frostbitten.
When I really felt adventurous, I would ride my bike to downtown Lansing where there
was a fish ladder. I would have a pole in one hand and a small tackle box in the
other. There was a bait store just up the street from the fish ladder but I would
usually dig up my own worms the night before to save money. The fish ladder was
the coolest thing to a young fisherman. You could actually see fish like salmon,
trout and walleye attempting to jump up this manmade ladder embedded in the side
of the river.
There was a huge dam that went across the river but the best place to see the fish
was on the side where the fish ladder was. The fish ladder started at the base of
the dam and circled around until it reached the top of the dam. There were step
that you could walk up and watch the fish jump up the ladder. The entire ladder
was about 200ft. and it was the best place to go fishing. I would usually catch
bluegills, bass and catfish. If I really got lucky, I would hook a big salmon that
would take me all day to reel in. That was the start of my love for the outdoors.
When I wasn’t
fishing or catching local wildlife, I was at Sharp Park playing basketball. Basketball
and soccer were my first loves. I started playing both at a very young age. As a
kid I attended Magic Johnson’s basketball camps. There were a lot of good athletes
from my home town, but Magic Johnson was the first real superstar. Magic hosted
basketball camps every summer. I used to love to meet all the celebrity athletes
at the camp including all his Los Angles Lakers teammates. They would sign autographs
for us and talk to us about the importance of education and working hard. That experience
had a long lasting impression on my life.
When I entered 8th grade I started playing football. We didn’t have a team at my
school so I had to travel across town to join a Pop Warner team. The name of my
first team was the Miller Breakers. I had very little experience but I was a good
athlete and I was tough. I played defensive end and offensive guard. At that point,
I think I liked defense more than I liked offense. Something about rushing the quarterback
and making tackles excited me, but that was soon to change.
My first year in high school I played both linebacker and tight end. That was the
first time I had a chance to get the ball in my hands and I loved it. Being a tight
end was the first time I played a skilled position and it was a new experience for
me. We weren’t really a passing team but they would throw me jump balls and I would
use my basketball skills to jump up and catch the football. We went undefeated my
freshman year. My sophomore year I was moved from junior varsity to varsity and
was strictly a running back. For my junior and senior seasons I played running back
During High School I also ran track. My races were the Open 200, the 4x100 and 4x200
relays, the long jump and the high jump. I was a small forward on the basketball
team and I boxed for two years at 156 pounds for the city team where I won a silver
High school was really
fun and I was a good enough athlete to get a full scholarship to attend Michigan
State University. On my way to college my father gave the best advice I ever received.
He told me that I should switch from running back to wide receiver. At the time
the NFL was changing from small receivers to big receivers and he told me that is
where he saw me prospering. At the time I thought it sounded strange but I took
his advice and the rest is history.
I played my college football at Michigan State University as a wide receiver and
was drafted in 1996 by the Carolina Panthers. After 2 mediocre seasons, I really
broke out. I averaged around a thousand yards per season from 1998-2000, then after
an off year in 2001, I really got back on track. I played in Super Bowl XXXVIII
in January 2004 then during the 2004-05 season I exploded to lead the NFL with 1,405
receiving yards. That year I notched a career high and league-leading 16 receiving
touchdowns as well, earning a Pro Bowl selection.
In February 2005, I left Carolina and agreed to a six-year deal with the Chicago
Bears. By that time I held all of the Panthers' receiving records, including catches
(578), receiving yards (7,751), 100-yard games (26), the top three single-game yardage
totals (192, 189, 179) and was tied with Wesley Walls at 44 touchdown receptions.
I was an NFL Europe color commentator for FOX television during the 2002 and 2003
campaigns. I also served as a 2004 post-season correspondent and 2005 draft analyst
for the NFL Network and during the 2005 season I was fortunate enough to co-host
a local radio show called "Bears All-Access" with teammate Charles Tillman. I also
hosted a segment on Comcast sportsnet called "hangin with the Moose" . That led
to My own show in 2006 called "Countdown to Kickoff" with my co-host Pat Boyle
My dedication to my faith and family prompted me to start my own charitable foundation,
The M2 Foundation for Kids. This organization is dedicated to enhancing the educational
and physical development of children. Through creative and positive interaction
with young people the organization's goal is to motivate and help youth improve
educational achievement and develop personal competencies for becoming healthy productive
I have also partnered with my
former Carolina teammates Stephen Davis, Mike Rucker and Mike Minter to open the
Ruckus House Learning Center which is a 15,000 square foot state-of-the-art child
development facility in Harrisburg, NC. I served as the local spokesperson for Muscular
Dystrophy Association in Charlotte, NC and through my 5-year relationship with the
organization I helped to raise funds and awareness for the group. I also conduct
an annual football camp that raises money for Muscular Dystrophy along with a Christmas
Last but not least, I serve as spokesperson for Men For Change, a group that generates
money and awareness for a battered women's shelter. I was named the Panthers "Man
of the Year" in 1999 for my efforts in the community which continue to this day.
When I’m not playing football or helping out with my charities I spend as much time
with my family as possible and I still enjoy hunting, fishing, and the outdoors
just as much as I did when I was a kid.
Thanks for visiting my site, I hope you enjoy it.
Muhsin Muhammad II
The M2 Foundation For Kids was started by Muhsin Muhammad in 1999 and is dedicated to enhancing the educational, physical, and spiritual development of children. Our goal is to motivate and help young people to improve educational achievements and develop confidence for becoming healthy, productive adults. The M2 Foundation is committed to motivating youths to overcome barriers through planned sessions and workshops. We assist children in realizing their dreams and reaching their full potential. Visit the official M2 Foundation website for more information.