Buffalo Bills rookie defensive end Claudell Louis became an American citizen on Thursday, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services press officer Sharon Scheidhauer tweeted.
Along with Louis, his mother also became a United States citizen on Thursday.
Louis moved to the United States from Haiti in 2001 and graduated from Boynton Beach Community High School in Florida in 2009. He stopped playing football after his freshman year of high school and worked a wage job at a retirement home to help his immigrant family make ends meet, before returning to the sport in college.
Louis played two seasons of junior college football before spending another two campaigns at Fresno State, where he was an Honorable Mention All-Mountain West selection as a senior in 2015.
He signed a contract with Buffalo on May 2.