Ezekiel Ansah # prospect in 2013 NFL Draft.

Ezekiel Ansah NFL Draft Bio



Ezekiel Nana "Ziggy" Ansah (born May 29, 1989) is a Ghanaian player of American football who plays defensive end for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL). Ansah played college football for Brigham Young University (BYU). The Detroit Lions picked him the first round (5th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft.

Ansah grew up playing soccer and had never seen American football as a youth. In addition to soccer, Ansah was also an enthusiastic basketball fan. He regularly played pickup basketball games at Golden Sunbeam Montessori School where he attended from 4th grade to 9th grade and developed his basketball interests and abilities on a turf donated by Forever Young Foundation (Steve Young). Ansah played on Golden Sunbeam basketball team and became the most valuable player and led his team to win many games. Because of the basketball facility of the school, it drew the attention of basketball enthusiasts, including missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). It was at these pickup basketball games with missionaries and students that Ansah developed a friendship with Ken Frei, an LDS Church missionary. Ansah was later baptized a member of the church at age 18. Frei, who taught and baptized Ansah, kept in touch with Ansah after returning to the United States and later suggested that if he was serious about basketball, Ansah should come to Brigham Young University and try out for the basketball team.

Ansah applied to and was accepted at Brigham Young University with the help and support of Golden Sunbeam and the assistance of his friend, former ICT teacher and mentor, Alma Ohene Opare who was at BYU at the time. Ezekiel's academic records enabled him to receive an academic scholarship in 2008. Alma Ohene Opare and later Ken Free played critical roles in helping Ezekiel Ansah adjust to his new surroundings and culture in a new country. Ansah tried out for the BYU Cougars men's basketball team twice, but was cut from both the 2008 and 2009 teams. After facing rejection in basketball, Ansah successfully walked on to the BYU Cougars track team, where he ran a 10.91 in the 100 meters in addition to clocking a time of 21.89 seconds in the 200 meters.

Finally, Ansah was persuaded to try out for the BYU Cougars football team, successfully walked onto the team, and played for the Cougars from 2010 to 2012.



Draft Year: 2013
NFL Football Draft Prospect Stats for Ezekiel Ansah
Pre-Rank Prospect Name Position Played Height Weight
Ezekiel AnsahDefensive End6 ft 5 in271 lbs
Round Selected Team School Hometown
1  5  Detroit Lions  BYUAccra, Ghana
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