Originally written on Fox Sports Ohio  |  Last updated 10/23/14
BEREA -- Some Cleveland Browns play football for money. Some for fame. Some to win games and titles. Some because they simply enjoy the game.Rookie linebacker Emmanuel Acho includes all those among his purposes, but ultimately he has a larger one in mind.I just like what football allows you to do as far as what platform it puts you on, the Browns sixth-round draft choice out of Texas said recently. For no other reason people respect you because youre talented at playing a game. It allows you to impact peoples lives for the better.Make no mistake -- Acho loves playing the game, but he loves what it provides him more.I think that is what Im called to do on this earth, is to use this platform, the Cleveland Browns organization, he said. And being able to play football will give me that platform to do more impactful things than winning games.He did not mean use in the sense of take advantage. People who bring medical care to the poorest of the poor are not using anything but their own good fortune to help others.Acho and his family do just that.His parents were born in Nigeria and came to the U.S. to continue their schooling when Emmanuel's father, Sonny Acho, was 21. They have never forgotten. Every year Sonny Acho and his wife Christie take a group of up to 40 doctors, nurses and volunteers to Isuikwuato, in Abia State in Nigeria. The work is done as part of Living Hope Ministeries in Dallas, where Acho is a psychologist and pastor of Living Hope Bible Fellowship Church in North Dallas.I can reach into my medicine cabinet and grab ibuprofen anytime I want, Emmanuel Acho said. Over there, that can save a life.That is only part of the poverty he finds, poverty one doctor called the worst part of America on steroids. There is no reasonable working hospital, and Acho has seen half-naked children roaming the streets trying to sell anything they have. Many live in bamboo homes tied together by fig leafs and lit by candles.As many as 10,000 line up for treatment they otherwise would never receive. There is no reasonably functioning hospital in Isuikwuato, a region that includes almost 1 million people. Clinics are poorly equipped.Which leads to desperation many in the United States cannot grasp.If you can imagine 10,000 people trying to get in one door, Acho said. Ten thousand people knowing that after a week they cant be seen again for another year. It gets rowdy, especially at the end of the day. We leave at six, and they understand.A team of 40 cannot see 10,000. Acho said on average they see 7,000, which is a huge effort but still not huge enough.Ive seen instances where people have faked being dead, he said. So we rush them in and they pop back up. Its crazy, but I cant blame someone whos in need, someone whos that desperate.Anyone who travels packs two bags, one for clothes, one with supplies. The simplest medications, like an antibiotic for a spider bite, make a gigantic difference. Doctors do as many as 100 cataract surgeries, treat back pain, try to help with arthritis and hypertension. They dispense needed supplies and medications and vitamins. But they cant do everything.Its hard for them to understand that were only coming in with so much, Acho said. So somebody might come in with something that we just simply cant treat. Thats the hardest thing, when they wait in line the whole time and all we can do is give them ibuprofen and childrens vitamins and have them go on their way.Acho said he started going about seven years ago, and the overriding emotion he leaves with is humility. Humility to an extreme, he said.The first time it was very eye opening, but I didnt truly understand how blessed I am, Acho said. It wasnt until I got to high school and college that it truly hit me that this could be me.Thats what happens when a woman crawls with sandals on her hands and knees to get treatment.Football does take priority, it does take precedence, he said. But not in the same way that many people think of the natural culture. People value money, value the fame. That is a necessity in order to do the bigger and better things off the field.My whole reason for playing football is to do the bigger and better things. Thats my whole motivation behind it. When youre talking about means, monetary income, I cant put a number on that. But when youre talking about why I wake up and why I exert the energy, 100 percent.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

2014 World Series: Game Three live blog

Memorabilia dealer at center of Todd Gurley scandal fired

Colt McCoy on learning he was starting ‘it’s about f—ing time’

Four Questions for Game 3 of the World Series

Percy Harvin not planning on changing

Ricky Williams: People are let down when I turn down weed

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Joe Maddon opts out of contract with Rays

Randall Cobb: Contract situation played role in slow start

Notre Dame WR faces discipline if he hooked up with porn star?

PGA president calls Ian Poulter ‘lil girl’ for Nick Faldo comments

Belichick declines to address Revis' reported tardiness

Texas mayor delays Halloween for Friday night football game

8 NFL records that won’t be broken for a long time

Big trouble for Bruins: Chara out 4-6 weeks, possibly more

Blazers, Seahawks owner Paul Allen gives $100M to fight ebola

'FIFA 15' glitch turns goalie into headless giant with no arms

WATCH: HBO releases trailer of 'The Offseason: Kevin Durant'

Broncos corner snags INT, then takes pregnant wife to hospital

Gurley dressed up as a pirate for Halloween, yelled, 'Free me'

What the return of Luis Suarez means for Barcelona

Nick Saban pens touching letter after high school coach dies

NBA Replay Center readies for its debut on Opening Night

WATCH: Former NBAer delivers vicious flying elbow Down Under

RNS looking to add agents with existing client rosters

Browns News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Trouble for Bruins: Chara out 4-6 weeks

Joe Maddon opts out of contract with Rays

NBA Replay Center debuts next week

World Series win = Giants dynasty?

Reliving the worst college football game of the last 10 years

NFL teams facing must-win scenarios in Week 8

What the return of Luis Suarez means for Barcelona

Programs with a lot on the line this week

Wilson denies rumored Harvin rift

Lakers: Steve Nash out for season

Is Mack Brown SMU's best option?

Are sports leagues finally getting serious about domestic violence?

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.