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Emmanuel Acho biography: 13 things about Nigerian-American ex-NFL linebacker

Emmanuel Chinedum Acho is an African-American athlete who used to play in the National Football League as a linebacker. He stands 6’2″ and his registered weight is 240 lbs.

Acho is of Nigerian descent. Here are 13 more things about him:

  1. He was born in Dallas, Texas, United States to Igbo parents Dr. Sonny Acho and Christie Acho, who are from Isuikwuato, Nigeria. (a) (b)
  2. He has a brother named Sam Acho and a sister named Stephanie Acho. Their father is not only a mental health professional but also a pastor of the Living Hope Bible Fellowship Church in Dallas. (c)
  3. He was 7 years old when he first accepted Christ as Savior and Lord of his life. (c)
  4. As a young boy, he started participating in his family missionary work particularly in Nigeria. In 2017, he visited his parents’ home country for the opening of Living Hope Bible Fellowship Church’s medical center there. (c)
  5. In 2008, he graduated from the St. Mark’s School of Texas in Dallas where he lettered in football, basketball and track and field. (d)
  6. From 2008 to 2011, he attended The University of Texas at Austin in Austin, Travis County, Texas where he earned his bachelor’s degree in sports psychology. He taught himself how to play the piano in college. (a) (e)
  7. In April 2012, he was drafted in the NFL by the Cleveland Browns in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. (a) (e)
  8. From 2012 to 2016, he attended The University of Texas at Austin where he earned his master’s degree in sports psychology. (a) (e)
  9. He spent his final three years in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles, which were from 2013 to 2015. On May 9, 2015, he escorted Philadelphia Eagles fan Hannah Delmonte to her junior prom in Purcellville, Loudoun County, Virginia, USA. She contacted him via Instagram on January 9, 2015 asking him to escort her to her junior prom if she received 2,000 retweets on Twitter. He increased it to 10,000 retweets and gave her one week to meet the goal but she was able to receive over 10,000 retweets in less than three hours. (a) (e) (f) 
  10. In 2016, he worked as a sports analyst for the Longhorn Network. (g) 
  11. He turned down the offer to join “The Bachelorette” in 2017 and in 2020. Replacing Chris Harrison, he hosted the “After the Final Rose” special of “The Bachelor” Season 25, which aired on March 15, 2021 on ABC. He interviewed Matt James and Rachael Kirkconnell. (g) (h)
  12. In 2018, he was promoted to ESPN2’s college football programming. (i)
  13. In 2020, he left the NFL and joined Fox Sports in Los Angeles, California, USA as the host of “Speak for Yourself.” In the same year, he launched a YouTube series titled “Uncomfortable Conversations With a Black Man.” On November 10, 2020, he released a book of the same title, which sold 18,000 copies in just one day. (g)



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