Linebacker Sam Acho seems like he’s talking to everybody and anybody this training camp. Need an interview? He’s your man. You want an autograph? Happy to oblige. And he’s got that giant smile he can’t seem to shake.
“I love talking to people,” Acho said. “I love the opportunity to sign an autgraph for a little kid and have them remember that day for the rest of their life. I figure why not?” As he talks about it after an afternoon practice, a kid among the dozens ringing the lower practice field is screaming, “ACHO!” at the top of his lungs. Acho smiles (of course). “How do you say no to that?”
Acho actually praised fellow second-year man Patrick Peterson about his autograph output. “I inspired him, he said,” Peterson said. After one practice early in camp, Peterson stayed after for about an hour literally signing autographs for every person waiting. “Sam asked me why,” Peterson said. “I told him, ‘Hey, those guys come out and show us love, so I want to show them love so they continue supporting us,” Peterson said.
(When I told Peterson he was setting an awfully high bar for himself when it comes to autographs, he laughed. “Hey, I just want to be the best at everything I do.”)
It affected Acho. “I thought, ‘If Pat can do it, why can’t I?’ ” he said.
Acho’s personality even oozes out when talking about his one-time fourth-round draft status, which was a disappointment. When, for instance, Darnell Dockett went in the third round, he was angry, and it is an angry chip on his shoulder Dockett carries to this day about the subject. Acho being Acho, his chip can’t be anything but positive.
“Draft day was a humbling experience,” Acho said. “I expected to go higher, but I couldn’t have been happier to go to a team like the Cardinals, to get the opportunities I had. Proved God had a plan. If I had to do it over again, I wouldn’t want to go in the first, second or third round. I’d want to go in the fourth round to the same team, the Arizona Cardinals, because we’ve got a great thing going.”
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