Emmanuel Acho

Emmanuel Acho
No. 59, 51
Personal information
Born: (1990-11-10) November 10, 1990 (age 30)
Dallas, Texas
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High school:St. Mark's School of Texas (Dallas, Texas)
NFL Draft:2012 / Round: 6 / Pick: 204
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics
Total tackles:33
Forced fumbles:0
Fumble recoveries:0
Player stats at NFL.com

Emmanuel Chinedum Acho (born November 10, 1990) is a Nigerian-American former linebacker who played in the National Football League (NFL) and is currently working as an analyst for Fox Sports 1. He played college football at Texas before being drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the sixth round of the 2012 NFL Draft. In 2013, he was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles, where he played until retiring from the sport in 2015. In addition to his broadcasting responsibilities, he hosts the weekly activist webcast Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man.[1]

Early years

Acho is Nigerian American and was born in Dallas to Igbo immigrants, Dr. Sonny and Christie Acho, from Isuikwuato, Nigeria.[2][3] He has three siblings. The entire family has been involved in African missionary work since the children were young, and the parents are on the board of directors of the Living Hope Christian Ministries and its Operation Hope, which provides medical services in Nigeria. Sonny Acho has also served as pastor to the Living Hope Bible Fellowship Church and as a mental health professional in North Dallas.[4]

Acho graduated from the St. Mark's School of Texas in Dallas, Texas, where he lettered in football, basketball and track and field. As a senior, he was tabbed the state's top linebacker by Dave Campbell's Texas Football and one of the 150 top recruits in the country by ESPNU. In track, he recorded personal bests of 57-4 (shot put) and 177-3 (discus, which remains the school's record). Widely recruited, he chose to attend the University of Texas.

One of his siblings, Sam Acho, also attended St. Mark's and the University of Texas before a career in the NFL.

College career

Acho played in 48 games during his 4-year career at Texas, including 26 starts. As a senior, he was consensus first-team All-Big 12 linebacker (Coaches, AP, Houston Chronicle, San Antonio Express-News, Fort Worth Star-Telegram). He won the 2010 Arthur Ashe Award, was named to the 2011 AFCA Good Works Team, and was a three-time first-team Academic All-Big 12 selection. He was also a finalist for the 2011 Lott Trophy for college football's Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year, Lowe's Senior CLASS Award and Wuerffel Trophy. He led his team in tackles in 2011 and, over his 4-year career, recorded 278 tackles (159 solo), 41 TFL, eight sacks, seven forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, two INTs, 13 PBU and 26 pressures.

He graduated in December 2011 with a degree in sports management.

Professional career

NFL Football

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 1+58 in
(1.87 m)
238 lb
(108 kg)
33 in
(0.84 m)
10 in
(0.25 m)
4.73 s 35.5 in
(0.90 m)
9 ft 10 in
(3.00 m)
24 reps
All values from NFL Combine

Acho was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the sixth round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He was placed on injured reserve after a leg injury and missed the entire 2012 season.[5] On April 11, 2013, Acho was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles for running back Dion Lewis.[6] He was released on September 2, 2013.[7] On September 10, 2013 Acho was signed to the New York Giants practice squad.[8]

The Philadelphia Eagles signed Acho off the Giants' practice squad on October 21, 2013 after Jake Knott was injured, and he saw limited playing time in 6 games, getting his first NFL tackles. He was made gameday inactive once Mychal Kendricks and Jake Knott were back.[9][10] Acho was waived by the Eagles on December 17, 2013, before the season ended,[11] but signed to the practice squad the next day.[12] He was resigned to the team on January 6, 2014 during the off season;[13] released on August 30, 2014[14] and then added to the Eagles practice squad the next day. Acho was promoted to the active roster on September 9, 2014 after Najee Goode was injured. Following DeMeco Ryans' season-ending injury in Week 9, he was thrust into a prominent role, along with Casey Matthews. He played in 14 games and recorded 31 tackles. In 2015, after being waived as part of the cuts to 53 due to a thumb injury,[15] Acho was signed back to the Philadelphia Eagles on November 9 after Jordan Hicks was placed on Injured Reserve with a shoulder injury,[16] but he saw no playing time and was released on November 24, 2015, making him a free agent.[7]


Acho took a temporary job in 2016 as an analyst for the Longhorn Network and then transitioned to a full-time analyst that fall. In 2018, he was promoted to ESPN2’s college football programming.[17] Acho was one of four hosts of "Cover Four" which airs on the official website of the Dallas Cowboys, and is one of four anchors at the Texas Gameday Desk on the Longhorn Network.[18] On June 10, 2020, it was announced that he would be leaving ESPN to join Fox Sports and co-host the afternoon studio show “Speak for Yourself", replacing Jason Whitlock.[19]

In early summer 2020, Acho began a series of YouTube interviews entitled, "Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man",[20] hoping to address issues of race in America. A book of the same name was released on November 10, 2020, which sold 18,000 copies in its first day.[21]

On February 27, 2021, Acho announced that he would host the 25th season of The Bachelor's "After the Final Rose" Special, replacing Chris Harrison.[22] He has been invited twice to compete on The Bachelorette, and is friends with Rachel Lindsay, who encouraged him to do "Uncomfortable Conversations".[23]

Personal life

Acho's older brother, Sam, is currently an NFL free agent, as of 2021.

On January 9, 2015, Eagles fan Hannah Delmonte contacted Acho via Instagram. Delmonte asked Acho to escort her to her junior prom if she received 2,000 retweets on Twitter. Acho felt 2,000 retweets was too low, so he increased it to 10,000 retweets and gave Delmonte one week to meet the goal. Less than three hours later, Delmonte posted a picture showing that she'd received over 10,000 retweets, and Acho accepted the invitation.[24] On February 20, 2015, Acho took time off from his graduate studies at the University of Texas and flew to Purcellville, VA, to personally accept Delmonte's prom invitation, nicknamed 'Promposal' by the media. On May 9, 2015, Acho escorted Delmonte to her junior prom in Purcellville, VA.[25]

Acho is a Christian.[26] Acho has continued his family's medical missionary work, writing in a 2018 tweet: "Everybody wants to be the #BlackPanther until it is time to actually save lives in Africa. My family's annual mission trip to #Nigeria COMPLETE! We treated over 1,800 patients, performed 162 surgeries & tried to love like Jesus does."[4]

He is also a baritone and piano player.

See also


  1. ^ Avila, Arielle (November 10, 2020). "Emmanuel Acho on His New Book, 'Uncomfortable Conversations With a Black Man'". Texas Monthly. Retrieved March 8, 2021.
  2. ^ Acho, Emmanuel. "Two Weeks in Nigeria". The Players' Tribune. Retrieved 27 October 2020.
  3. ^ Acho, Emmanuel (June 29, 2020). "Emmanuel Acho on Instagram". Instagram. Retrieved 27 October 2020.
  4. ^ a b Benjamin, Cody (2018-07-18). "For ex-NFL LB Emmanuel Acho, serving Nigeria is an affair of faith and family". Sports Spectrum. Retrieved 2020-06-29.
  5. ^ Mary Kay Cabot (2019-01-12). "Cleveland Browns select Texas LB Emmanuel Acho and Boise State DT Billy Winn with consecutive pics in the sixth round of NFL Draft". Cleveland.com. Retrieved 2020-06-29.
  6. ^ Sessler, Marc (April 11, 2013). "Eagles trade Dion Lewis to Browns for Emmanuel Acho". NFL.com. Retrieved 2014-06-14.
  7. ^ a b Tornoe, Rob (2017-01-15). "Ex-Eagles LB Emmanuel Acho: Fire whoever traded away Don Lewis for me". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 2020-06-29.
  8. ^ LB Emmanuel Acho Added To Giants Practice Squad
  9. ^ Alper, Josh (October 21, 2013). "Eagles sign Emmanuel Acho off Giants practice squad". NBCSports.com. Retrieved 2014-06-14.
  10. ^ "Eagles Bring Back LB Emmanuel Acho". Archived from the original on 2013-12-23. Retrieved 2013-10-22.
  11. ^ Twitter / Eagles: #Eagles sign safety Keelan Johnson from the practice squad and release LB Emmanuel Acho.
  12. ^ Brandon Lee Gowton (2013-12-18). "Eagles Sign Emmanuel Acho to the Practice Squad". Bleeding Green Nation. Retrieved 2020-06-29.
  13. ^ "Eagles Transactions 2014". Retrieved 8 June 2020.
  14. ^ Brandon Lee Gowton (2014-08-29). "Eagles roster cuts: Casey Matthews stays, Emmanuel Acho released". Bleeding Green Nation. Retrieved 2020-06-29.
  15. ^ "Eagles waive/injured Emmanuel Acho after thumb surgery". Retrieved 2015-11-10.
  16. ^ "Philadelphia Eagles on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2015-11-10.
  17. ^ Eberts, Westcott (24 July 2018). "Lifetime Longhorn Emmanuel Acho moving to ESPN's college football programming". Burnt Orange Nation. Retrieved 8 June 2020.
  18. ^ Blackburn, Gracie (2016-08-22). "Longhorn Network Studio Programming Line-Up Returns for 2016 Football Season". ESPN. Retrieved 2020-06-29.
  19. ^ "Emmanuel Acho Makes Jump From ESPN To Fox Sports". sportsbusinessdaily.com. Retrieved 2020-06-10.
  20. ^ "Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man". YouTube.
  21. ^ @emmanuelacho (2020-11-11). "How you smile when you sell 18,000 copies of your book on release day!! Go get your copy y'all!! Let's keep changing the world! UncomfortableConvos.com" (Tweet). Retrieved 2020-11-12 – via Twitter.
  22. ^ Del Rosario, Alexandra (February 27, 2021). "'The Bachelor: After The Final Rose': Emmanuel Acho To Fill In For Chris Harrison As Host". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 27, 2021.
  23. ^ "Emmanuel Acho Discusses Controversial Bachelor Season Ahead of After the Final Rose Special". PEOPLE.com. Retrieved 2021-03-26.
  24. ^ Boyd, Ray (2015-02-20). "Emmanuel Acho Makes Trip To Prom With Lucky Fan Official". CBSN Philly. Retrieved 2020-06-29.
  25. ^ Schwartz, Nick (2015-02-24). "Eagles linebacker takes fan to prom". USA Today. Retrieved 2020-06-29.
  26. ^ Benjamin, Cody. "For ex-NFL LB Emmanuel Acho, serving Nigeria is an affair of faith and family". Sports Spectrum. Retrieved 7 December 2020.

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