Player Bio

Sam Acho
OLB #93
Height:
6-3
Weight:
259
Age:
29
College:
Texas
Experience:
7

Quick Stats (2017):

TCKL
26
SCK
0.5
FF
0
INT
--
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
TOTAL 216 164 52 14.5 0 10 3 5 -- 3 0 9 3
2017 CHI 10 6 26 19 7 0.5 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2016 CHI 16 6 27 18 9 1.0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --
2015 CHI 15 7 39 30 9 0.0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 1 1
2014 ARI 16 4 31 23 8 1.0 -- 3 1 3 3 3 0 0 --
2013 ARI 3 2 5 4 1 1.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 1 1
2012 ARI 16 16 48 35 13 4.0 -- 3 2 2 1 2 0 2 --
2011 ARI 16 10 40 35 5 7.0 -- 2 -- -- -- -- -- 4 1
Recent Games
WKOppResultTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
TotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
1 ATL L 17-23 3 2 1 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2 @TB L 7-29 3 2 1 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
3 PIT W 23-17 1 1 0 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
4 @GB L 14-35 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
5 MIN L 17-20 4 2 2 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
6 @BAL W 27-24 3 3 0 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
7 CAR W 17-3 3 2 1 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
8 @NO L 12-20 4 3 1 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
10 GB L 16-23 4 3 1 0.5 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
11 DET L 24-27 1 1 0 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --

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Biography

PRO CAREER: Appeared in 82 games with 45 starts over six seasons with the Arizona Cardinals (2011-14) and the Chicago Bears (2015-16), producing 212 tackles, 14 sacks, 22 TFLs, 3 interceptions, 10 pass breakups, 9 forced fumbles and 3 fumble recoveries (2 defensive and one of his own teammate's on special teams) … added 26 tackles on special teams … in one postseason contest with the Cardinals, registered 7 tackles, including a strip-sack that was recovered by Arizona's defense … 7 sacks in 2011 were the second most by a Cardinals rookie in franchise history, trailing Simeon Rice's 12.5 in 1996 … became the first Cardinals rookie to have a sack in three-straight games since Rice in 1996.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Drafted by Arizona in the fourth round (103rd overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft ... signed by Cardinals to a 4-year contract (7/29/11) … signed 1-year contract with Chicago (4/1/15) ... re-signed with Chicago (3/28/16) ... re-signed with Chicago (4/15/17). SIGNED through 2017.

2016 SEASON: Appeared in all 16 contests with 6 starts (Games 3-6, 11 & 16), recording 40 tackles, 3 TFLs, 1 forced fumble and 1 pass breakup ... added 3 special teams tackles. GAMES PLAYED-STARTED: 16-6

PREVIOUS SEASONS: 2015: Appeared in 15 contests (Games 2-16) with 7 starts (Games 4, 7, 9-10 & 12-14), recording 60 tackles (5th on the team), 3 TFLs, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery and 1 pass breakup … added 8 special teams stops (4th most on the team) ... was released prior to the first regular season game before re-signing with the Bears on September 14, 2015. 2014: Appeared in all 16 games for third time with Arizona, starting 4 contests, registering 28 tackles, 1 sack, 4 TFL and 3 pass breakups (tying a career-high) … added 3 special teams tackles … started the Cardinals lone postseason contest, finishing tied for second on the team with 7 tackles, including 1 sack where he stripped the ball from Panthers QB Cam Newton, which was recovered by Arizona. 2013: Played in 3 games with 2 starts for Arizona prior to missing final 13 contests while being placed on Injured Reserve due to a leg injury … recorded 3 tackles, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble and 1 fumble recovery on defense … added 2 special teams tackles… suffered leg injury at New Orleans (9/22) before being placed on IR on 9/23.

2012: Started all 16 contests for the Cardinals, putting together 45 tackles, with career-highs in sacks (4), interceptions (2), pass breakups (3), quarterback hits (12) and tackles for losses (6) … 4 sacks were tied for third on the Cardinals and 12 QB hits were tied for team lead … had 3 tackles on special teams.  2011: Appeared in all 16 games with 10 starts during rookie season with Arizona, collecting 36 tackles, 7 sacks, 5 tackles for losses, a career-high 4 forced fumbles and 1 fumble recovery … added 7 special teams tackles … 7 sacks were the second most ever by a Cardinals rookie, trailing Simeon Rice's 12.5 in 1996 … 7 sacks tied for sixth most by an NFL rookie that season and tied for the most by a rookie not selected in the first two rounds of the 2011 NFL Draft.

COLLEGE: Appeared in 50 games over four seasons at Texas (2007-10), starting the last 26 contests of his career  (24 games at weakside DE and 2 at weakside DT) … gathered 148 tackles with 23.5 sacks, 37 tackles for a loss, 8 forced fumbles and 9 fumble recoveries … as a senior, was the William V. Campbell Trophy winner given to the nation's top football student-athlete … recipient of the Wuerffel Trophy given to the college football player who best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement … earned the ARA Sportsmanship Award … was a two-time Academic All-American and three-time first-team Academic All-Big 12 selection … member of the AFCA Good Works Team and a National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete … was a finalist for the Lott IMPACT Trophy and Lowe's Senior CLASS Award and a Lombardi Award semifinalist … unanimous first-team All-Big 12 Conference choice as a senior earned third-team All-American honors (AP) … earned a double bachelor's degree in Business Administration/Marketing from Texas' McCombs School of Business Honors Program with a 3.6 GPA … taking classes at Thunderbird Business School to earn his MBA in International Business.
PERSONAL: Attended St. Mark's (Dallas) High School, where he was a three-time All-Southwest Preparatory Conference (SPC) performer and four-year member of the school's honor roll … lettered four times in track and field, serving as team captain in each of his last two years and was three-time letter-winner in basketball … younger brother, Emmanuel, played LB with the Philadelphia Eagles … married his wife, Ngozi, in 2014 … parents, Dr. Sonny (family and marriage counselor) and Christie Acho (nurse), were both born in Nigeria and founded the Living Hope Bible Fellowship Church as well as Living Hope Ministries, which provides medical care to the poor in Nigeria. Every summer, Acho joins his father and brother on medical mission trips to Nigeria along with a team of medical professionals and volunteers … holds annual "Hope for Life Celebrity Auction and Fashion Show" with proceeds going directly toward the goal of building a hospital in Nigeria that will serve over 3,000 residents in remote villages … highly active in the community during his time with the Cardinals participating in hospital visits, school speeches, visiting the Ronald McDonald House and serving as the keynote speaker at the Boys & Girls Clubs of America's national "Youth of the Year" celebration ... selected as the Bears nominee for the NFL's Walter Payton Man of the Year award for community service.
PRO CAREER: Appeared in 82 games with 45 starts over six seasons with the Arizona Cardinals (2011-14) and the Chicago Bears (2015-16), producing 212 tackles, 14 sacks, 22 TFLs, 3 interceptions, 10 pass breakups, 9 forced fumbles and 3 fumble recoveries (2 defensive and one of his own teammate's on special teams) … added 26 tackles on special teams … in one postseason contest with the Cardinals, registered 7 tackles, including a strip-sack that was recovered by Arizona's defense … 7 sacks in 2011 were the second most by a Cardinals rookie in franchise history, trailing Simeon Rice's 12.5 in 1996 … became the first Cardinals rookie to have a sack in three-straight games since Rice in 1996.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Drafted by Arizona in the fourth round (103rd overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft ... signed by Cardinals to a 4-year contract (7/29/11) … signed 1-year contract with Chicago (4/1/15) ... re-signed with Chicago (3/28/16) ... re-signed with Chicago (4/15/17). SIGNED through 2017.

2016 SEASON: Appeared in all 16 contests with 6 starts (Games 3-6, 11 & 16), recording 40 tackles, 3 TFLs, 1 forced fumble and 1 pass breakup ... added 3 special teams tackles. GAMES PLAYED-STARTED: 16-6

PREVIOUS SEASONS: 2015: Appeared in 15 contests (Games 2-16) with 7 starts (Games 4, 7, 9-10 & 12-14), recording 60 tackles (5th on the team), 3 TFLs, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery and 1 pass breakup … added 8 special teams stops (4th most on the team) ... was released prior to the first regular season game before re-signing with the Bears on September 14, 2015. 2014: Appeared in all 16 games for third time with Arizona, starting 4 contests, registering 28 tackles, 1 sack, 4 TFL and 3 pass breakups (tying a career-high) … added 3 special teams tackles … started the Cardinals lone postseason contest, finishing tied for second on the team with 7 tackles, including 1 sack where he stripped the ball from Panthers QB Cam Newton, which was recovered by Arizona. 2013: Played in 3 games with 2 starts for Arizona prior to missing final 13 contests while being placed on Injured Reserve due to a leg injury … recorded 3 tackles, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble and 1 fumble recovery on defense … added 2 special teams tackles… suffered leg injury at New Orleans (9/22) before being placed on IR on 9/23.

2012: Started all 16 contests for the Cardinals, putting together 45 tackles, with career-highs in sacks (4), interceptions (2), pass breakups (3), quarterback hits (12) and tackles for losses (6) … 4 sacks were tied for third on the Cardinals and 12 QB hits were tied for team lead … had 3 tackles on special teams.  2011: Appeared in all 16 games with 10 starts during rookie season with Arizona, collecting 36 tackles, 7 sacks, 5 tackles for losses, a career-high 4 forced fumbles and 1 fumble recovery … added 7 special teams tackles … 7 sacks were the second most ever by a Cardinals rookie, trailing Simeon Rice's 12.5 in 1996 … 7 sacks tied for sixth most by an NFL rookie that season and tied for the most by a rookie not selected in the first two rounds of the 2011 NFL Draft.

COLLEGE: Appeared in 50 games over four seasons at Texas (2007-10), starting the last 26 contests of his career  (24 games at weakside DE and 2 at weakside DT) … gathered 148 tackles with 23.5 sacks, 37 tackles for a loss, 8 forced fumbles and 9 fumble recoveries … as a senior, was the William V. Campbell Trophy winner given to the nation's top football student-athlete … recipient of the Wuerffel Trophy given to the college football player who best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement … earned the ARA Sportsmanship Award … was a two-time Academic All-American and three-time first-team Academic All-Big 12 selection … member of the AFCA Good Works Team and a National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete … was a finalist for the Lott IMPACT Trophy and Lowe's Senior CLASS Award and a Lombardi Award semifinalist … unanimous first-team All-Big 12 Conference choice as a senior earned third-team All-American honors (AP) … earned a double bachelor's degree in Business Administration/Marketing from Texas' McCombs School of Business Honors Program with a 3.6 GPA … taking classes at Thunderbird Business School to earn his MBA in International Business.
PERSONAL: Attended St. Mark's (Dallas) High School, where he was a three-time All-Southwest Preparatory Conference (SPC) performer and four-year member of the school's honor roll … lettered four times in track and field, serving as team captain in each of his last two years and was three-time letter-winner in basketball … younger brother, Emmanuel, played LB with the Philadelphia Eagles … married his wife, Ngozi, in 2014 … parents, Dr. Sonny (family and marriage counselor) and Christie Acho (nurse), were both born in Nigeria and founded the Living Hope Bible Fellowship Church as well as Living Hope Ministries, which provides medical care to the poor in Nigeria. Every summer, Acho joins his father and brother on medical mission trips to Nigeria along with a team of medical professionals and volunteers … holds annual "Hope for Life Celebrity Auction and Fashion Show" with proceeds going directly toward the goal of building a hospital in Nigeria that will serve over 3,000 residents in remote villages … highly active in the community during his time with the Cardinals participating in hospital visits, school speeches, visiting the Ronald McDonald House and serving as the keynote speaker at the Boys & Girls Clubs of America's national "Youth of the Year" celebration ... selected as the Bears nominee for the NFL's Walter Payton Man of the Year award for community service.
 

Recent Articles

  • Acho set for medical mission to Nigeria

    Posted Jun 8, 2017

    Bears linebacker Sam Acho will travel to Nigeria next week for the grand opening of a medical center that's being built by Living Hope Christian Ministries, an organization that's operated by his parents.

  • Bears ink Acho to one-year contract

    Posted Apr 15, 2017

    The Bears on Saturday re-signed veteran outside linebacker Sam Acho to a one-year contract. Last season Acho appeared in all 16 games with six starts.

  • Fans can help Acho earn big donation

    Posted Dec 14, 2016

    Bears fans can help outside linebacker Sam Acho earn a $25,000 donation for the charitable foundation that his parents started in 1989 and continue to operate.

  • Acho is Bears' Man of Year nominee

    Posted Dec 7, 2016

    Linebacker Sam Acho has been selected as the Bears' nominee for the prestigious 2016 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award.

Recent Videos

  • Acho hosts celebrity waiter night

    Posted Oct 4, 2017

    Bears linebacker Sam Acho raises funds for his family's foundation by hosting a Celebrity Waiter Night at Steak 48 in Chicago.

  • 1-on-1: Acho talks loss to Packers

    Posted Dec 19, 2016

    Lauren Screeden is joined by linebacker Sam Acho in studio to talk about the Bears 30-27 loss to the Green Bay Packers.

  • Acho: Be a light in a dark place

    By NFL Network - Posted Dec 16, 2016

    Chicago Bears linebacker Sam Acho discusses being nominated for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award and who he would want on his dodgeball team.

  • Acho: The Bears tradition is unmatched

    By NFL Network - Posted Dec 16, 2016

    Chicago Bears linebacker Sam Acho joins "Good Morning Football" to discuss preparing for Aaron Rodgers, the defensive tradition of the Chicago Bears, and his brother Emmanuel, a former NFL linebacker.