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Falcons receiver Mohamed Sanu, a practicing Muslim, will not talk about travel ban

Falcons wide receiver Mohamed Sanu was handed a soccer ball to sign during Super Bowl LI Opening Night at Minute Maid Stadium in Houston.
Falcons wide receiver Mohamed Sanu was handed a soccer ball to sign during Super Bowl LI Opening Night at Minute Maid Stadium in Houston. Tannen Maury/EPA

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Mohamed Sanu wanted no part of talking about his religious beliefs as he prepares for his first Super Bowl appearance.

Sanu, a practicing Muslim, said at Monday’s opening night that though President Donald Trump’s executive order banning immigration for seven majority Muslim countries was ‘‘a very tough situation’’ and ‘‘hard for me to talk about right now,’’ he prayed the country and world would ‘‘unite as one.’’

He said he is trying to place his focus on football instead.

Sanu said his mother is travelling to the game from Sierra Leone, but is not one of the countries affected by the executive order.

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Sanu is in his first season with the Falcons after joining them in free agency. He had 59 catches for 653 yards in the regular season and added nine catches and two touchdowns in the playoffs.