Next week, Sam Acho will return to football different than he was before the Cardinals ended their offseason work — because the linebacker is now a married man, having tied the knot
during his annual trip to Nigeria. His parents are from that country, and so too is his new bride.
What wasn’t new for Acho is that he combined his nuptials with more work in that country for his family’s Living Hope Ministries, when he helps hundreds in need of medical attention of one sort or another. He’s done it before and he did it again this year, helped by some you know (like defensive end Calais Campbell) and some you don’t. (The video to the right is after their 2012 trip).
While football is important to Acho — and Acho is important to the Cardinals, since they need his pass-rushing skills and for him to upgrade his output there — nothing is more important to him than doing what he sees as God’s work. Whether you follow that belief system or not, that Acho spends so much time and energy working to help people in need is impressive. And this is serious need, in situations where families have to get a bucket of water a mile away and boil it just to have something clean to drink, for instance.
Acho is a smart man. There is a reason the Cards liked him from the start when they drafted him in 2011, both because he could pick up his assignments so fast and because he is the type of person any franchise wants to have in his locker room. Football is coming this season soon enough. Acho has already shown some serious production this year already, even if it is off the field.
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