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Former University of Texas linebacker Emmanuel Acho was named "Biggest Media Acquisition of the Year" this week by The Big Lead, a national sports blog. The award came after Acho was recruited by Fox Sports as co-host for the show "Speak for Yourself."


As a 6-foot-1, 238-pound outside linebacker, Acho played for UT for four years before graduating with a degree in sports management. Now 30, he also spent three seasons in the National Football League, playing for Cleveland in 2012 and Philadelphia in 2013-2014. In 2016, he began working as a sports analyst for the Longhorn Network.

Emmanuel Acho's fame has grown with the publication of "Uncomfortable Conversations With a Black Man," based on a series of YouTube videos in which he addressed racial issues in America. His book sold 18,000 copies on the first day it became available.

The Big Lead likened Acho not to the next Cris Collinsworth, but the next Oprah, saying Acho was out to make his own path in the world.

"His career will not follow an existing trajectory. It will stake his own path," The Big Lead wrote. "Whether that morphs into a Michael Strahan-like Swiss army knife role or the accumulation of, like, six different jobs, no one knows. It's not too early, though, to know it was a savvy move (by Fox) to bring him under the tent."

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