April 26, 2013 | Vol. 94, No. 98

Ansah new to football, newer to Lions

ALLEN PARK (AP) β€” Ziggy Ansah was born and raised in Ghana, playing soccer and shooting hoops without ever seeing a snap of football.

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Ezekiel Ansah, from Brigham Young, stands with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, left, and Barry Sanders after being selected fifth overall by the Detroit Lions in the first round of the NFL draft Thursday at Radio City Music Hall in New York.

When he moved to the United States in 2008, some missionaries suggested he attend Brigham Young and try out for the basketball team. He fell short there, but was willing to listen again when friends persuaded him to play football for the first time in 2010.

It has paid off and then some: On Thursday night, the Detroit Lions made him the No. 5 overall draft pick.

β€œIt’s been a humbling experience,” Ansah said with a thick accent on a conference call wit...