Rashid, Ahmad

Ahmad Rashad (born Bobby Moore November 19, 1949 in Tacoma, Washington) is an Emmy award-winning sportscaster (mostly with NBC Sports) and former American football wide receiver for the St. Louis Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, and most notably, the Minnesota Vikings where he earned four Pro Bowl selections.

In 1972, he converted to Islam and changed his name to Ahmad Rashad, which means “Admirable One Led To Truth”. He eventually graduated from the University of Oregon, where he was a two-time All American.

He has also starred as host of video-clip show Real TV, the reality show Celebrity Mole, and the short-lived game show Caesar’s Challenge (as of 2005, the last daytime game show to be shown on NBC).

His wife Phylicia Rashad co-starred alongside Bill Cosby on The Cosby Show as Clair Huxtable. Ahmad proposed to Phylicia during a pregame on a nationally televised Thanksgiving Day NFL game (the New York Jets vs the Detroit Lions -November 28, 1985). They were married on December 14, 1985. Their daughter, Condola Phylea Rashad, was born on December 11, 1986 in New York. He also has three children from a previous marriage: daughters Keva (born in 1970), Maiysha (born in 1974) and son Ahmad Jr. (born in 1978). He has one stepson, Billy (Phylicia’s son from a previous marriage).

His last name comes from his mentor in St. Louis Rashad Khalifa. There are at least two players in the NFL that were named after him, Ahman Rashad Green, running back for the Green Bay Packers, and Ahmad-Rashad Merritt, wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys.

Much more at Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ahmad_Rashad).