Acho impact way beyond football

Posted by Darren Urban on July 15, 2013 – 10:52 am

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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12 Responses to “Acho impact way beyond football”

  1. By SteveG on Jul 15, 2013 | Reply

    Got to love it when a player comes in and exceeds the hype in every way.

    I remember many saying what a quality individual he was when he was drafted and again, he exceeds expectations…(Plus that ridiculously cute video of the little girl and Sam at camp last year? Please!)

    For every Hernandez there are so many more truly good guys that get it, and live life really well, and I applaud them being introduced to us on this and other websites.

  2. By Dynosoar on Jul 15, 2013 | Reply

    His aid is going directly to the people. This is so much better than most aid which goes to an organization or government. Getting maried is a life changer and I know I’m a more productive individual for it. If My mariage is an indication then not only will the Cardinals have a more productive pass rusher, but his ministry in Nigeria through will improve and while I love entertainment and sports, I’m much more into helping people have improved living so they too can enjoy entertainment and sport.

    Darren, thanks for these articles about how our Cardinals are using their free time and their moneys.

    25 Days.

  3. By EddieCardzfan on Jul 15, 2013 | Reply

    Sam came and visited my 3 month old son in Phoenix Childrens Hospital after he had open heart surgery. He is a great guy and does many great things off the field. Congrats on getting married Sam!

  4. By Dean Kennedy on Jul 15, 2013 | Reply

    That video of Acho giving his glove to a young kid after warmups from last season is still fresh in my mind. The kid’s eyes lit up like a pinball machine.

    Now I read EddieCardzfan’s post and that whole thing suddenly seems trivial. Acho really is the real deal.

  5. By Sean44 on Jul 15, 2013 | Reply

    “to give a man a fish is to feed him for a day, to teach a man to fish is to feed him for a lifetime.” – Sun Tzu

    I would like to see if Acho could build a medical school there. Be like Acho Florence Nightingale.

    People take medicine for granted over here, but a lot of it has to do with Florence Nightingale. She created professional nursing, took wounded soldier death rates from 50% to 4% by requiring high standards of sanitation. She was a woman before her time, and was told she should be a house wife.. What all the women did in the tv show MASH.. she pretty much invented.

    So Acho brings doctors.. where is the comment that Acho made doctors? I know he can do it!

  6. By johnnybluenose on Jul 15, 2013 | Reply

    Sam Acho and Calais Campbell……PRICEless……Pouncey brothers……CLUEless.

  7. By scott023 on Jul 15, 2013 | Reply

    WOW…. SEE….. we are loaded with great leaders. Makes me very proud to stand behind these guys and say look at are cardinals. When these men that have been gifted give back, that is what it is all about. True leaders, we have already won. When we win the SB and these are stories that will never ever be forgotten, the men that did it.

  8. By Credit Card on Jul 15, 2013 | Reply

    Excellent article. Well centered individual — he is much more than a player, I’m sure he is well respected throughout the Cardinal organization.

  9. By Travis B on Jul 16, 2013 | Reply

    It’s crazy but you see a lot of professional players that do charity work and are strictly for tax right off or it’s in their contract that they need to put an amount of time with charities.. It’s good to see players like Sam and Calais do this because it really is from the heart and they want to make a difference. Sam’s family has been going back to Nigeria before he was in the nfl so you know it’s real..P.S that’s my pops in the photo!

  10. By Ray Badgley on Jul 16, 2013 | Reply

    Sam called my Asbergers Syndrone son after he had very serious spinal fusion surgery. He also delighted my son when he attended his birthday dinner last January. God bless Sam, his parents and his new lovely bride.

  11. By Rich Bottoms on Jul 16, 2013 | Reply

    To sean44, his family is trying to raise funds to build a hospital in Nigeria first, then we will work on a school next to hospital to raise up kids to work at the Hospital. If you or any Cards Fans are interested in helping they can go to the Living Hope Ministry website at and see how they can help out.please keep Sam and his family in your prayers as they continue their work in Nigeria.

  12. By Eazy E on Jul 19, 2013 | Reply

    Football means nothing compared to this. #God’s Work Being Accomplished

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