HOLLADAY, UT -- Olympus High School senior and kicker on the varsity football team Mohammad Mousavi admits until this summer he did not know much about football.
"Nothing at all," he said when asked what he knows about the game.
Mohammad, who came to Utah as a refugee with his family from Afghanistan nearly two years ago, knows the other football, soccer, really well, but not American football. In fact, when he first saw the ball, he thought it looked strange because it's not round. When he finally watched a game on TV, he thought the football was a misnomer.
"It's not football, it's handball," Mohammad said. "They are holding the ball."
Still, Mohammad, who often spent time around the football field with friends, told head coach Aaron Whitehead that he could kick.
"I said 'okay, let's see you kick,'" said Whitehead. "He's got a leg on him."
Whitehead invited Mohammad to join the team for the team's first game of the season against Cottonwood High School. Mohammad's mother and three siblings were in the stands cheering him on.
Mohammad's sister Karimeh tells CBS afilliate KUTV, "It's a big deal."