Wallaceburg’s Shaun Suisham officially became an American citizen today, and he also told reporters he expects to kick for the Pittsburgh Steelers next season.
Suisham, 34, was joined by his wife and two daughters as he took the Oath of Allegiance during a naturalization ceremony in Pittsburgh. Suisham stressed the importance of family for making the move to become a United States citizen.
“Having this opportunity to not only become a citizen but to reflect on the last 16 years of my life. My entire adult life has been in the United States of America,” Suisham told Pittsburgh’s Action News 4.
It wasn’t all about the stars and stripes on Wednesday, it was also about the black and gold.
After missing the entire past season with a torn ACL and meniscus, reporters asked Suisham about his condition and his plans for next season.
“I have zero interest in giving my job away,” Suisham told triblive.com
Suisham has yet to be cleared to kick as he continues recovery and rehibilitation to his knee.
Suisham’s replacement this past season, Chris Boswell had an excellent year for Pittsburgh, going 29 for 32 on field goals.
Boswell is also nine years younger than Suisham and is set to make $2 million less per year.
“The first thing I need to do is get healthy — if I’m healthy, I think I will be in good position to get my old job back,” Suisham told triblive.com. “I’m still not there (health-wise) yet. I don’t have a timetable, but I will continue to work. I certainly have no intention of stopping what I have been doing in the NFL.”