Sam Acho

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Sam Acho
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Acho with the Arizona Cardinals in 2014
No. -- Free agent
Position: Outside linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-09-06) September 6, 1988 (age 28)
Place of birth: Dallas, Texas
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 260 lb (118 kg)
Career information
High school: Dallas (TX) St. Mark's
College: Texas
NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 4 / Pick: 103
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2016
Total tackles: 190
Quarterback sacks: 14.0
Forced fumbles: 9
Interceptions: 3
Pass deflections: 10
Player stats at

Samuel Onyedikachi Acho (born September 6, 1988) is an American football outside linebacker who is currently a free agent. Acho played college football at the University of Texas. He was selected by the Arizona Cardinals in the fourth round of the 2011 NFL Draft.

Early years[edit]

Acho attended St. Mark's School in Dallas, Texas. Starring for the football team, Acho 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 at the University of Texas, 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 started all 14 games and was named honorable mention All-Big 12 by The Associated Press after recording 55 tackles and eight sacks.

After his senior season in 2010, Acho was voted team MVP.[1] He also won the William V. Campbell Trophy, given annually to college football's top scholar-athlete, as well as the Wuerffel Trophy, college football's premier award for outstanding community service,[2] and was a finalist for the Lott Trophy. During that senior year, the Sporting News named Acho one of the 20 smartest athletes in sports, a list that included two other college players and 17 professionals from the four major American sports.

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. Acho's 7 sacks are the second most ever by a Cardinals rookie, trailing Simeon Rice’s 12.5 in 1996.[3] On October 23, 2011, Acho recorded his first career sack in a 32-20 loss against the Pittsburgh Steelers.[4] On October 30, 2011, Acho recorded his first career forced fumble in a 30-27 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.[5] On October 21, 2012 Acho recorded his first career interception in a 21-14 loss against the Minnesota Vikings.[6] Acho started all 16 contests for the Cardinals, putting together career-highs in tackles (45), sacks (4), interceptions (2), pass break-ups (3), quarterback hits (12) and tackles for losses (6) in 2012.[3] On September 23, it was announced that he would miss the rest of 2013 season and be placed on injured reserve due to a break in his leg in the Week 3 loss to the New Orleans Saints.[7][8]

Chicago Bears[edit]

On April 1, 2015, Acho signed a one-year deal with the Chicago Bears.[9] During the preseason, Acho was sidelined for 3 weeks after suffering from mononucleosis.[10] In his first season with the Bears in 2015, Acho recorded 60 tackles, three tackles-for-loss, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery while appearing in 15 games with seven starts.[11]

He signed on for an additional year on March 28, 2016.[11]

On September 18, 2016, Acho was credited with a sack against quarterback Carson Wentz and the Philadelphia Eagles, his first sack since the 2014 season.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Acho during the 2012 NFL season.

Acho's brother, Emmanuel Acho, also played football for Texas, where he was a consensus All Big 12 linebacker in 2011.[13] Emmanuel is currently a free agent.

In 2015, Sam earned an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Arizona.[14] In 2016, both Sam and Emmanuel Acho went to Nigeria to participate in Living Hope Christian Ministries' medical mission Operation Hope.[15]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Texas teammates name Sam Acho their top player
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ a b "Chicago Bears: Sam Acho". Retrieved 2015-12-17. 
  4. ^ "Steelers vs. Cardinals - Box Score - October 23, 2011 - ESPN". Retrieved 2016-01-05. 
  5. ^ "Sam Acho: Game Logs at". Retrieved 2016-01-05. 
  6. ^ "Cardinals vs. Vikings - Box Score - October 21, 2012 - ESPN". Retrieved 2016-01-05. 
  7. ^ Urban, Darren (September 23, 2013). "Linebacker Loss With Sam Acho, Lorenzo Alexander". Retrieved 2013-11-27. 
  8. ^ Gantt, Darin (September 23, 2013). "Cardinals put Alexander and Acho on IR". Retrieved 2014-06-14. 
  9. ^ "Bears ink Sam Acho to one-year deal". Retrieved 2016-03-29. 
  10. ^ Campbell, Rich (2015-09-24). "Bears' Sam Acho reveals his mystery illness". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2016-07-26. 
  11. ^ a b "Bears agree to 1-year deal with Acho". Retrieved 2016-03-29. 
  12. ^ Mayer, Larry (2016-09-20). "3 things that stood out in Bears loss". Chicago Bears. Retrieved 2016-09-26. 
  13. ^ Brothers Sam and Emmanuel Acho star on defense for Texas Longhorns while maintaining academic excellence
  14. ^ Why Sam Chose Thunderbird
  15. ^ "Acho brothers take part in medical mission to Nigeria". 2016-07-06. Retrieved 2016-07-26. 

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