Sam Acho Sends "Thank You" Message Following Release from Chicago Bears

Updated: Mar 12, 2019

2010 Wuerffel Trophy recipient has been a fan favorite his entire career

The NFL is a tough business. Last week, Sam Acho became a part of a business decision made by the Chicago Bears who released the 2010 Wuerffel Trophy recipient to free up money for the organization.

Not long after the news was made public, Acho took to his Twitter account to send a thank you to the Bears and their fans:

"I am so thankful. Thank you is the word that keeps on coming into my mind. When I first came to Chicago I was a friend. Now, I'm a Victor. My family has grown both physically and spiritually, and I've grown in ways I never thought imaginable. I'm free. To my teammates: thank you for the memories. To the fans: thank you for your passion. To my friends: thanks for having my back. To my family: thank you for believing in me. I cannot WAIT to see what the future holds. But one thing I know, God has been so so good to me."

Acho signed a one-year deal with the Bears in 2015 and recorded 39 tackles, one pass deflection and one forced fumble in 15 games with seven starts. The following year he appeared in all 16 games for the Bears and recorded 27 tackles and one sack. After signing his third-straight one-year deal during the 2017 offseason, he went on to record 45 tackles, three sacks, one pass deflection and one forced fumble in 16 games with 12 starts. Chicago signed the veteran outside linebacker to a two-year deal worth $5.5 million during the 2018 offseason.


Why was the Wuerffel Trophy created?  We felt that there was a void in major college football awards. Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel put it best when he wrote, “The Wuerffel. It’s about time. There’s an award for the best quarterback, best running back, wide receiver, best linebacker, best center and even best kicker and punter. Why not one for the best human being?”


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