Bio

I’m a football player, humanitarian, public speaker, and committed Christian.

After playing college football at the University of Texas, I was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in 2011, and played four seasons as a linebacker with the team before signing with the Chicago Bears for the 2015-16 season.

In 2016 and 2017, I was the Bears’ Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year nominee, the league’s only award that recognizes both civic and professional contributions. As a senior at the University of Texas, I received the Wuerffel Trophy for outstanding community service in addition to being named the Longhorns’ MVP.

Having grown up in Dallas with parents who emphasized scholastic achievement, I received the William V. Campbell Trophy for being college football’s top scholar-athlete. I was also named by Sporting News as one of the 20 smartest athletes in all of sports. I finished my MBA in 2015 at the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, AZ.

Every year I join my family on medical missions trips to Nigeria. We recently built a hospital there through Living Hope Christian Ministries, an organization founded by my parents.

As a public speaker, I enjoy opportunities to encourage and inspire others to fulfill their calling by following Christ and serving others.

Life Story

I was born on September 6, 1988 in Dallas, Texas and attended St. Mark’s School of Texas, where I first discovered my love for football. I went on to play at the University of Texas from 2007 to 2010 as a defensive end while studying in the honors program in the McCombs School of Business.

The Arizona Cardinals selected me in the fourth round of the 2011 NFL Draft, and I played four seasons as a linebacker with the team before signing with the Chicago Bears. My brother, Emmanuel, who also played at Texas, played linebacker for the Philadelphia Eagles and now is a broadcaster for ESPN.

I’m actively involved with Living Hope Christian Ministries, an organization founded by my parents, Dr. Sonny and Christie Acho, who are both originally from Nigeria. Every year I join my family and others, including teammates, on medical missions trips to Nigeria. We recently opened up Living Hope Medical Center,  a hospital in Nigeria that provides ongoing care to those who otherwise don’t have access to quality medical care.

When I’m not playing football or serving in Nigeria, I enjoy public speaking opportunities where I get to encourage and inspire others through personal stories rooted in my faith. My deepest desire is to connect my generation to the love of Christ.

(Photo courtesy of Willow Creek Community Church)

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