The Detroit Lions insist Ezekiel “Ziggy” Ansah is 27, but suddenly the defensive end’s true age has been drawn into question.

When the Lions drafted Ansah in the first round in 2013, he was listed as having a birth date of May 29, 1989 by BYU.

No one questioned Ansah’s age until recently, when the state-run Ghana News Agency profiled Ansah (who is the first Ghanaian drafted to the NFL) and listed his age as 29.

Could it have been a mistake? Sure, but Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press noticed that several news stories in Ghana listed Ansah as 29, not 27.

Ansah wouldn’t be the first professional athlete of African decent whose “official” age isn’t accurate, but NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports the rumors are untrue and NFL teams know it because they have seen his passport. The Lions, presumably, are one of these teams.

Why does any of this matter? Ansah is seeking a new contract with the Lions and the team might be hesitant to offer him a long-term deal with big money if his age-30 season is closer than expected.

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