Mohamed Sanu knew the questions would come and the Atlanta Falcons receiver was prepared.
During Monday's Super Bowl Opening Night, Sanu would not answer any questions about United States president Donald Trump and his controversial order banning travel from seven Muslim-majority countries for 90 days and suspending all refugee admission for 120 days.
"I knew it would come up," he told reporters during his session at Minute Maid Park in Houston. "My name is Mohamed. I'm Muslim ... but I'm here to talk about football right now."
Sanu, who caught 59 passes for 653 yards and four touchdowns this season, said "it's a very tough situation" and hard for him to talk about because "it would take a lot of time".
Sanu's parents immigrated to USA as refugees from war-torn Sierra Leone while he was a child.
"When you have somebody in your family travel a long distance like that, you're concerned something might go wrong," said Sanu, who grew up in New Jersey. "You just hope for the best and pray they'll be safe.
"But I'm here because of my football talents, not because I'm Muslim. I'm here to talk about football."