Saturday, November 28, 2015

I've got to be... an Achoooooo man: ILB Emmanuel Acho likely secures his spot on the Eagles


I've got to be... an Achoooooo man: ILB Emmanuel Acho likely secures his spot on the Eagles

Emmanuel Acho sacks Jets quarterback Matt Simms. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
Emmanuel Acho sacks Jets quarterback Matt Simms. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)




A-cho... A-cho... Achooooooo maaaaaan! I've got to be... an Achoooooo man! I've got to be an Acho Acho maaaan... yeah... I've got to be an Acho!

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In 2009, the Eagles drafted Macho Harris out of Virginia Tech, and for ridiculous reasons, my hope was that he would eventually become a playmaking CB in the NFL. As it turned out, he got an unexpected chance to start at safety his rookie season. For 16 games that season, I had "Macho Man" by the Village People queued up and ready to go in case he ever made a big play. Never happened. The next season he didn't even make the team, and the fact that I never got to play Macho Man in a celebratory fashion has always left me with a unsettled feeling. I even considered therapy.

If I had "Macho Man" (or rather "Acho Man") queued up for Emmanuel Acho tonight, it would have played repeatedly. Acho had 11 tackles, a sack, a tackle for loss, a forced fumble, and a hit on the QB. He has also led the Eagles in tackles in 3 of their 4 preseason games.

"Coaches have been preaching turnovers," said Acho. "They're looking for players who make big plays. Not just on this roster, but all across the NFL. That's what every head coach and general manager is looking for. Tonight, I had to go out there and make the big play. Making tackles is good. As a linebacker, that's what they pay you to do, but on top of that, you have to make the big play. The sacks, the forced fumbles. That's what they're looking for, and that's what I was trying to make."

Acho was traded to the Eagles from the Browns back in April for RB Dion Lewis. He could have looked at that situation as the Browns viewing him as an expendable player, but he chose to look at it as a positive.

"When they traded me, I felt like I was adopted to Philly," Acho said. "When Chip came here, he kind of inherted a lot of players, but when I was traded here, I was kind of adopted. They chose me. That was my mindset, not that the Browns were trading me off. The Eagles wanted me enough to trade for me."

Final cuts have to be made by 6pm Saturday. Acho was asked what he'll do to pass the time.

"I'm just going to relax. I'm not going to worry. I'm not going to stress. It's in God's hands now. I put it all out on the field. You can worry about it, but you'll drive yourself nuts."

Worry not, Acho Man. You're going to make the team.

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