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.
Every year I join my family on medical missions trips to Nigeria, and am currently helping to raise $2 million to build 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.
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, is now a linebacker for the Philadelphia Eagles.
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 are currently raising $2 million to build a hospital in Nigeria to provide 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)