Sam Acho

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Sam Acho
Sam Acho 2012.jpg
Acho in 2012 training camp.
No. 94     Arizona Cardinals
Outside Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-09-06) September 6, 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth: Dallas, Texas
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 257 lb (117 kg)
Career information
High school: Dallas (TX) St. Mark's
College: Texas
NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 4 / Pick: 103
Debuted in 2011 for the Arizona Cardinals
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2013
Tackles 93
Quarterback sacks 12.0
Forced fumbles 7
Interceptions 2
Stats at

Samuel Onyedikachi Acho (born September 6, 1988) is an American football linebacker for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL). Acho played college football at the University of Texas. He was selected by the Cardinals in the fourth round of the 2011 NFL Draft.

Early years[edit]

Acho attended St. Mark's School in Dallas, Texas. He had 12 sacks as a senior and 10 as a junior and was a team co-captain both years. He was also the state private school champion in both the shot put and discus.

College career[edit]

As a freshman in 2007, Acho played in 11 games, recording six tackles and a sack. As a sophomore in 2008, he recorded 15 tackles and three sacks. As a junior in 2009, Acho became a starter, starting all 14 games. He was an honorable mention All-Big 12 by The Associated Press after recording 55 tackles and eight sacks. Acho was the winner of the William V. Campbell Trophy (2010). This prestigious award is given to college football's top scholar-athlete. In 2010, he was named as a finalist for the Lott Trophy. After the 2010 season, his teammates named him the MVP of the team.[1] In October 2010, the Sporting News named him one of the 20 smartest athletes in sports, a list that included 2 other college players and 17 professionals from the four major American sports.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Arizona Cardinals[edit]

Acho was selected by the Arizona Cardinals with the 103rd pick overall of the 2011 NFL Draft. In his rookie season as a Cardinal, he made 40 tackles, had 7 sacks, and generated 4 forced fumbles. He followed that up with four sacks and 48 tackles in 2012.

On September 23, it was announced that he would miss the rest of 2013 season and be placed on injured reserve due to a breaking his leg in the Week 3 loss to the New Orleans Saints.[3][4]


Acho in the 2014 NFL season.

Acho's brother, Emmanuel Acho, also played football for Texas, where he was a consensus All Big 12 linebacker in 2011.[5] Emmanuel is currently with the Philadelphia Eagles.


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