Azafron, the 27-year-old Somali-American football player, was born in Queens, New York.
After playing for the United States under-20 national team, he was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in 2013 and signed a contract with the St. Louis Rams the following year.
He was signed by the New York Yankees in 2015.
His NFL career began in 2018, when he signed with the Kansas City Chiefs.
He’s spent time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Kansas City Royals.
Azafrans first professional game came in 2018 against the Philadelphia Eagles, who were playing the Tampa Lions at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
He scored a pair of touchdowns in the third quarter, including a 39-yarder, and added a 28-yard field goal in overtime.
Azafaar, who was born and raised in Queens and raised with a family of Somali descent, grew up in the Bronx.
He has a 3.8 GPA, is active in the local Somali community and plays the guitar and piano.
Azafiar said his family had trouble accepting his heritage and his ethnicity in the early days of his career.
“I’m not used to people talking to me differently than they do,” Azafar said.
“It’s weird, and I was like, ‘Man, this is not normal.'”
Azafre said he has a strong sense of self.
“If you think about what I’m about, and what I believe in, it’s just me,” Azfaar said of his identity.
“When you’re an athlete, you think, ‘Oh, this kid’s going to be a star.’
But that’s not what I feel like.
I think I’m just a kid who has to be happy.
I don’t care about being successful.”
Azafrin said he feels comfortable in his new home.
“In the community I come from, it feels like I’m a different person.
It’s a lot of pressure to keep up with everybody,” Azafaan said.
Azfaara’s teammates are proud of their former teammate.
“You don’t have to go on a quest to know who he is,” receiver Jalin Ward said.
In addition to being a star on the field, Azafruan said his teammates have made a great impact on his life.
“They have been a great part of my life.
They’ve always been my role models, always been like family, always wanted to be like me,” he said.
For Azafra, his teammates and their support has been “the most valuable thing I have.”
“It was the first time I really felt a connection to my community and to my city,” Azalfa said.