Fourteen years after escaping from war-torn Sierra Leone, Michigan wide receiver Amara Darboh officially became a U.S. citizen on Thursday.
Darboh was one of around 100 people—including a 99-year-old women—to go through the naturalization ceremony at the United States District Court in Detroit.
Darboh's family left Sierra Leone for Gambia when he was two or three, and arrived in Iowa when he was 7-years-old. He was taken in and raised by a local family starting around the sixth grade.
"Growing up, I have considered myself an American, and this was the final step," Darboh told the Detroit Free Press.
A senior for the Wolverines, Darboh has 16 catches for 185 yards and a touchdown this season. He was second on the team in receiving yards (473) in 2014.
- Alex Nieves