Muhsin Muhammad
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Muhammad in 2009
No. 87
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1973-05-05) May 5, 1973 (age 49)
Lansing, Michigan, U.S.
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school:Lansing (MI) Waverly Senior
College:Michigan State
NFL Draft:1996 / Round: 2 / Pick: 43
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receiving yards:11,438
Receiving touchdowns:62
Player stats at · PFR

Muhsin Muhammad II (/mˈsɪn/; born Melvin Darnell Campbell Jr. May 5, 1973) is an American former professional football player who was a wide receiver for the Carolina Panthers and Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL). Muhammad played college football for Michigan State. He was drafted by the Panthers in the second round of the 1996 NFL Draft. Muhammad was a two-time Pro Bowl selection for the Panthers in 1999 and 2004 and also made the 2004 All-Pro Team. He was known for his nickname, "Moose," and for his signature mustache, and touchdown dance, which was featured in one of the opening cameos of Madden NFL 2006.

Early life

Muhammad was born in Lansing, Michigan. His birth name was Melvin Campbell, but it was changed after his father converted to Islam when Muhammad was four years old.[1]

Muhammad was mainly a soccer player in elementary school, but peer pressure led him to play football.[2] He attended Waverly High School in Lansing, Michigan, where he earned three letters in football and an additional two in basketball and track. Muhammad was also an all-state linebacker and running back at Waverly.[3]

After graduating from high school, Muhammad played at Michigan State University. He enjoyed a breakout season in 1995 under coach Nick Saban with 50 catches for 867 yards and 3 touchdowns while playing with quarterback Tony Banks and wide receiver Derrick Mason.

Professional career

Carolina Panthers (1996–2004)

The Carolina Panthers selected Muhammad in the 1996 NFL Draft's second round with the 43rd overall pick. After two mediocre seasons, Muhammad earned a starting role in 1998 and led the Panthers with 68 receptions, six touchdowns, and almost 1,000 yards.

Muhammad enjoyed an outstanding season in 1999 under new head coach George Seifert and his 96 receptions, eight touchdowns, and 1,253 receiving yards led to his first Pro Bowl selection. His 102 receptions during the 2000 season tied for the NFL lead. Muhammad averaged over 1,000 yards each season from 1998 to 2000.

Muhammad was injured for much of the 2001 NFL season, but he returned to form and eventually played a leading role in the Carolina Panthers' run to Super Bowl XXXVIII during 2003 NFL season. Though the Panthers lost to the AFC Champion New England Patriots 29–32, Muhammad recorded the longest touchdown reception (85 yards) in Super Bowl history.[3]

Muhammad's play during the 2004 season, where he led the NFL with a career-high 1,405 receiving yards and 16 receiving touchdowns, earned him his second Pro Bowl invitation. By the end of the season, Muhammad held all of the Panthers' receiving records, including catches (578), receiving yards (7,751), 100-yard games (26), and the top three single-game yardage totals (192, 189, 179). In addition, he tied Wesley Walls at 44 touchdown receptions.[3]

Muhammad, who was due a $10 million roster bonus, and the Panthers could not agree on a contract after the 2004 season, and the team released him in February 2005. Hours after his release, the Chicago Bears offered the 32-year-old a six-year contract, and Muhammad left Charlotte for Chicago.[4]

Muhammad's first stint with the Panthers was plagued with several negative experiences. He was the target of a racial slur from his quarterback, Kerry Collins; testified at murder hearings for Rae Carruth and Deidra Lane (wife of Fred Lane); and was arrested in 2003 on misdemeanor drug and weapon offenses.[5][6][7]

Chicago Bears (2005–2007)

Muhammad became one of the Bears' receiving threats during his first year with the team. He was also credited with encouraging a stronger work ethic within the team's receiving corps and advising young wide receivers such as Bernard Berrian, Mark Bradley, and Rashied Davis.

Despite failing to catch several poorly thrown passes from rookie quarterback Kyle Orton, Muhammad held himself responsible and promised reporters he would improve his performance. However, Muhammad was later seen complaining to Orton during a Sunday Night Football game against the Atlanta Falcons. After Muhammad's criticism, coach Lovie Smith benched Orton in favor of a fully recovered Rex Grossman.[8]

Muhammad's statistics improved with Rex Grossman at quarterback in the 2006 season. He had his first one hundred-yard day with the Bears in their season opener against the Green Bay Packers, and a second against the Minnesota Vikings during Week 3. However, he saw less action as Grossman began to play inconsistently after the season's midway point. Muhammad defended Grossman from criticism and often supported him at press conferences.[9] Muhammad finished the regular season as the team's leading wide receiver for the second consecutive time.[10]

Muhammad was also the starting receiver for the bears in Super Bowl XLI, making a touchdown reception in the first half of a 29-17 loss to the Indianapolis colts.

Muhammad's age seemingly affected his endurance. Although he played all sixteen games in 2006, the Bears listed him as probable or questionable before many games.[11] Before the 2006 season, he revealed he had played through the 2005 season with a broken hand.[12]

Muhammad had a down year in 2007, and the Bears released him on February 18, 2008.[13]

After leaving the Bears, Muhammad told Sports Illustrated Chicago is "where wide receivers go to die." The remark caught the attention of Darryl Drake, the team's wide receiver coach. While Drake stated he was unfazed by Muhammad's remark, he argued former Bears wide receivers Bernard Berrian, Justin Gage, and Bobby Wade developed in Chicago and enjoyed successful careers after leaving.[14]

Return to Carolina (2008–2009)

Just nine days after the Bears released him, Muhammad signed a two-year contract with his former team, the Carolina Panthers.[15] On September 14, while playing against the Bears, he became the 29th player in NFL history to reach 10,000 career receiving yards. He finished the season with 65 receptions for 923 yards and five touchdowns.

In the 2009 season, Muhammad caught 53 passes for 581 yards and a touchdown. After 14 seasons in the NFL, he retired from professional football.[16]

NFL career statistics

Led the league
Bold Career high
± Pro Bowler

Regular season

Year Team Games Receiving
GP GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD
1996 CAR 9 5 25 407 16.3 54 1
1997 CAR 13 5 27 317 11.7 38 0
1998 CAR 16 16 68 941 13.8 72 6
1999 CAR± 15 15 96 1,253 13.1 60 8
2000 CAR 16 16 102 1,183 11.6 36 6
2001 CAR 11 11 50 585 11.7 43 1
2002 CAR 14 14 63 823 13.1 42 3
2003 CAR 15 15 54 837 15.5 60 3
2004 CAR± 16 16 93 1,405 15.1 51 16
2005 CHI 15 15 64 750 11.7 33 4
2006 CHI 16 16 60 863 14.4 40 5
2007 CHI 16 16 40 570 14.3 44 3
2008 CAR 16 15 65 923 14.2 60 5
2009 CAR 14 13 53 581 11.0 27 1
Career 202 188 860 11,438 13.3 72 62


Year Team Games Receiving
GP GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD
1996 CAR 1 0 0 0 0.0 0 0
2003 CAR 4 4 15 352 23.5 85 2
2005 CHI 1 1 3 58 19.3 24 0
2006 CHI 3 3 7 93 13.3 22 1
2008 CAR 1 1 5 55 11.1 20 0
Playoffs 10 9 30 558 18.6 85 3

Franchise records

As of 2017's NFL off-season, Muhammad held at least six Panthers franchise records, including:

Broadcasting career

During the 2002 and 2003 off-season, Muhammad became a color commentator for NFL Europe on behalf of Fox television. He also was a post-season correspondent for NFL Network in 2004 and has worked as a color commentator for the Big Ten Network[17]

Muhammad won a Chicago Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement for Sports Programs for his segment, Hanging with the Moose, which aired on Comcast SportsNet's "SportsNite" in 2005.[18]

Personal life

Despite his father's conversion to Islam, Muhammad is a Christian.[19][20] He is married to Christa Muhammad. The couple have four daughters and two sons: (oldest to youngest) Jordan, Chase, Journey, Muhsin III, Maddon, and Kennedy. The family adopted Maddon and Journey from Ethiopia in 2007.[21] Jordan is a member of the women's basketball team at Princeton University. Chase is a member of the women's basketball team at Johnson & Wales University Charlotte. Muhsin III is a member of the Texas A&M football team. Maddon is a member of the UNC Charlotte Track and Field team.

He works as a managing director at the private equity firm Axum Capital Partners, a firm he co-founded.[22]


Muhammad's charity foundation, "The M2 Foundation for Kids", is dedicated to improving the mental and physical development of children. He also supports the "Back to Nature" program which encourages children to spend more time with nature by taking them on hikes throughout the Great Smoky Mountains and nature preserves in Tennessee[3] and the Muscular Dystrophy Association in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he raised funds and awareness for the group by helping organize Christmas toy drives and a special football camp. Muhammad is also a spokesperson for the Men For Change organization which helps raise money for impoverished women's shelters.[3]

On February 28, 2007, Muhammad's high school alma mater gave him a special award for donating $50,000 worth of equipment to school's fitness center, which was renamed in his honor.[23]

The Carolina Panthers presented Muhammad with their "Man of the Year" award in 1999 for his charity and volunteer work.


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  2. ^ "NFL RUSH GAMEDAY". NFL RUSH GAMEDAY. Retrieved January 1, 2023.
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  4. ^ "Quick catch: Muhammad signs with Bears". February 26, 2005. Retrieved January 1, 2023.
  5. ^ "Panthers Say Collins Contrite". The New York Times. Associated Press. August 25, 1997. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved January 1, 2023.
  6. ^ CBC Sports, Muhammad defends Carruth Retrieved on January 19, 2007
  7. ^ "". Retrieved January 1, 2023.
  8. ^ "Caesars Sportsbook Promo Code 2023- USBETCZR | Get up to $1,100". Retrieved January 1, 2023.
  9. ^, Grossman displays poise and confidence in win Archived December 15, 2006, at the Wayback Machine Retrieved on January 19, 2007
  10. ^ Pro Football Reference, 2006 Chicago Bears Statistics Retrieved on January 19, 2007
  11. ^ Chicago, Injury Report - Chicago Bears Archived January 19, 2007, at the Wayback Machine Retrieved on January 19, 2007
  12. ^ "Fantasy Sports: Football, Baseball, Basketball, Hockey & More -". USA TODAY. Retrieved January 1, 2023.
  13. ^ "Bears release WR Muhammad; sign DE Brown to extension". Retrieved January 1, 2023.
  14. ^ "Bears Team Report - Inside Slant". Yahoo! Sports. August 18, 2008. Retrieved August 18, 2008.
  15. ^ The Buzz - blogs and community journalism - Carr gone, Moose official Archived March 2, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  16. ^ "Carolina Panthers' Muhsin Muhammad announces retirement". June 10, 2010. Retrieved August 29, 2017.
  17. ^ Illinois-Northern Illinois Game Notes Archived March 4, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  18. ^ Mitchell, Fred (November 21, 2006). "Mrs. McNabb moves forward". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved December 26, 2020.
  19. ^ Brad Biggs (May 20, 2005). "Muhammad all about giving as well as receiving". Chicago Sun-Times. p. 148.
  20. ^, Chicago Bears Wide REceiver Muhsin Muhammad's Bio Archived February 4, 2007, at the Wayback Machine Retrieved on February 6, 2007
  21. ^ "Muhammad named a finalist for prestigious award - Chicago Bears". Archived from the original on January 20, 2008. Retrieved January 17, 2008.
  22. ^ Mushin Muhammad Axum
  23. ^ Waverly Community Schools, Muhsin Muhammad II honored for his generous donation Archived November 8, 2007, at the Wayback Machine Retrieved on February 28, 2007.