Jihad Ward Parents: Who Is Jihad Ward’s Mother, Kareema Ward?

Jihad Ward's Mother, Kareema Ward

Jihad Ward is a defensive end with a lot of experience for the New York Giants of the National Football League. 

He began playing football at Edward W. Bok Technical High School during his sophomore year. He was selected for the city’s first honorable mention team in 2010 and 2011.

He attended the Globe Institute of Technology for two years following high school in an effort to improve his academics.

In 2013, he played in 7 games and had 26 tackles, including 3 for losses and 2 sacks. He transferred schools in 2014 and began playing NCAA football for the Fighting Illini at the University of Illinois.

Who Is Jihad Ward’s Mother, Kareema Ward?

Kareema Ward is the proud mother of Jihad Ward. She is a single mother with five children. Jihad was named after her mom’s childhood classmate.

Kareema didn’t become a Muslim until 11 years ago, many years after Jihad was born, so there was no religious connection at the time, but her education as a Muslim has given his name new significance.

She keeps a piece of lined notebook paper in her purse that has 17 Islamic proverbs underlined on it as a continual reminder of the teachings she’s still learning.