Tanoh Kpassagnon – The Awesome African

Tanoh Kpassagnon - Kansas City Chiefs

Tanoh is a professional football player for the Kansas City Chiefs in the NFL. He is a first generation African. His mom was born in Uganda and his dad in the Ivory Coast. He grew up traveling and living in a couple of different places before settling down outside of Philadelphia in a small town called Ambler. He went to middle and high school there before earning a scholarship to play at Villanova University close by. He graduated from Villanova with a finance and accounting degree, and went on to be a 2nd round draft pick in the 2017 draft by the Kansas City Chiefs (59 overall). Off the field, Tanoh is hoping to make a difference in the countries he is originally from. He has visited both Uganda and the Ivory Coast numerous times and has seen the suffering of his people there. He wants to help the less fortunate by being a role model and a beacon of hope.

We had the chance to get to know him a little better.


Who was your sporting idol/someone you looked up to growing up?

Michael Jordan, JJ Watt, Tiger Woods, and Drogba were all sporting idols for me growing up.


Do you have an interesting/crazy story related to your sporting career?

I was never a big football fan, I just liked playing it. My first NFL game was the one I debuted in.


What do you hope to still achieve?

I want to become the best defensive player in the league.


If you weren’t an athlete what would you be?

An accountant or a financial advisor.


Who is your favorite artist?

Lil Wayne


If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, who would you want to meet and why?

Jesus, as he could tell me a lot about life.



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