ALLEN PARK (AP) — Ziggy Ansah was born and raised in Ghana, playing soccer and shooting hoops without ever seeing a snap of football.
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.
“It’s been a humbling experience,” Ansah said with a thick accent on a conference call wit...