Nothing like a hearty “Roll Tide” to pledge your allegiance to the United States.
That was the site on Thursday in a Buffalo courtroom, as former Alabama standout Cyrus Kouandjio became a U.S. citizen, according to Mark Inabinett of AL.com.
The offensive tackle from the Buffalo Bills came to the United States as pre-schoolers 19 years ago and played at Alabama from 2011-14. His older brother, Arie Kouandjio, also starred as a guard for the Crimson Tide. Arie now plays for the Washington Redskins and gained his citizenship in September.
Here’s some video and comments from Kouandjio:
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After the Oath of Allegiance, Cyrus Kouandjio was then asked by U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael J. Roemer to lead the 34 citizenship candidates in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Kouandjio had some nice words to the media after the ceremony.
“This is such a great day,” Cyrus Kouandjio told WKBW-TV. “I’ll never forget this courtroom. I’ll never forget this city. I love Buffalo. It’s my home. I came from a really low status in a different world and to be here today standing before you guys, and I just thank God every day.”
However, it was the words he said as he left the courtroom that will endear him to his football fans: “Go Bills and Roll Tide,” he said.
Cyrus Kouandjio was drafted in the second round by Buffalo in 2014 and has started two games this season.