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Steelers kicker Shaun Suisham becomes an American citizen

Shaun Suisham rehabbed his knee during the last six months, and he became an American citizen.

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Shaun Suisham's 2015 regular season ended before it started when he tore his ACL in a preseason game. While the team initially struggled to find a replacement, Suisham was busy rehabbing his knee and preparing to become an American citizen. Punter Jordan Berry and former Steelers punter Brad Wing are both Australian, and it turns out Suisham also hails from another country. The Canadian-born athlete took the oath of citizenship in his naturalization ceremony at the Pittsburgh Field office earlier this week along with 32 other new citizens.

Suisham's family was present, and also the reason he pursued American citizenship. He explained, via CBS, "I couldn't stand the thought of ever being separated, for any reason, from my girls. And that's the catalyst for going through this."  Suisham also gave a speech during the ceremony, saying, "I've come to love the United States of America, specifically Pittsburgh, and it's become our home."

Chris Boswell filled in competently for Suisham after a rough few weeks with the perpetually inaccurate Josh Scobee. In fact, Boswell has done so well that many have wondered if the team will retain him instead of Suisham, who has been with the team since 2010 and made 211 out of 251 field goals attempted during his career.