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Sam Acho

OLB

#93

Experience: 8 years

Height: 6-3

Age: 29

Weight: 259 lbs

College: Texas

2017 SEASON

  • TCKLS
    29
  • SCK
    3
  • FF
    1
  • INT
    0
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WK OPP RESULT Total Comb AST SCK SFTY PDEF INT YDS AVG LNG TDS FF OPP FR
17 @Vikings L 10 - 23 1 2 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
16 Browns W 20 - 3 3 4 1 0.5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
15 @Lions L 10 - 20 3 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
14 @Bengals W 33 - 7 1 5 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 49ers L 14 - 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 @Eagles L 3 - 31 2 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 Lions L 24 - 27 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 Packers L 16 - 23 3 4 1 0.5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 @Saints L 12 - 20 3 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 Panthers W 17 - 3 2 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 @Ravens W 27 - 24 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 Vikings L 17 - 20 2 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 @Packers L 14 - 35 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 Steelers W 23 - 17 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 @Buccaneers L 7 - 29 2 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1 Falcons L 17 - 23 2 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Career Stats

Defense Career

SEASON TEAM G GS Total Comb AST SCK SFTY PDEF INT YDS AVG LNG TDS FF OPP FR
2011 Arizona Cardinals 16 10 35 40 5 7 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 4 1
2012 Arizona Cardinals 16 16 35 48 13 4 0 3 2 2 1 2 0 2 0
2013 Arizona Cardinals 3 2 4 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2014 Arizona Cardinals 16 4 23 31 8 1 0 3 1 3 3 3 0 0 0
2015 Chicago Bears 15 7 30 39 9 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
2016 Chicago Bears 16 6 18 27 9 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2017 Chicago Bears 16 12 29 45 16 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
TOTAL 98 57 174 235 61 17 0 11 3 5 1.7 3 0 10 2

Biography

PRO CAREER: Appeared in 98 games with 57 starts over six seasons with the Arizona Cardinals (2011-14) and the Chicago Bears (2015-17), producing 252 tackles, 17 sacks, 24 TFLs, 3 interceptions, 11 pass breakups, 10 forced fumbles and 3 fumble recoveries (2 defensive and one of his own teammate's on special teams) ... added 31 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 (3/28/15) ... re-signed with Chicago (4/15/17) ... re-signed with Chicago (3/14/18). SIGNED THROUGH 2019.

2017 SEASON: Appeared in 15 games (12 starts), recording 40 tackles, 3 sacks, 2 TFLs, 1 pass defense and 1 forced fumble ... Added 5 STTs.

PREVIOUS SEASONS: 2016: Appeared in all 15 contests with 5 starts (Games 3-5, 11 & 15), recording 40 tackles, 3 TFLs, 1 forced fumble and 1 pass breakup ... added 3 special teams tackles. 2015: Appeared in 15 contests (Games 2-15) with 7 starts (Games 4, 7, 9-10 & 12-14), recording 50 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 15 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 15 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 (5) ... 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 15 games with 10 starts during rookie season with Arizona, collecting 35 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 25 contests of his career (24 games at weakside DE and 2 at weakside OT) ... 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' Mc[ombs School of Business Honors Program with a 3.5 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 (SP[) 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 ... 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 ... twice selected as the Bears nominee for the NFL's Walter Payton Man of the Year award for community service in 2015 and 2017.

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