For winning Husky, a new calling – and a second look at the country called home

Qasim Hatem speaks to students at the University of Washington in May. A former UW football standout and member of the 2001 Rose Bowl team, Hatem now leads weekly informal seminars on Islam at the university. (Tom James)
Qasim Hatem speaks to students at the University of Washington in May. A former UW football standout and member of the 2001 Rose Bowl team, Hatem now leads weekly informal seminars on Islam at the university. (Photo by Tom James)

When a former UW Husky football standout chose to heed a religious calling, the transformation brought some jarring insights into American culture.