As players take their final breaks before training camp, we will take a look back at the new faces from this offseason and what we’ve learned about them, football and otherwise, so far.
Next up is undrafted Washington safety JoJo McIntosh:
1. McIntosh was a three-star recruit.
Before McIntosh starred at Washington and signed with the Redskins as an undrafted free agent, he was a three-star recruit coming out of Chaminade College Preparatory in California. According to 247Sports’ composite rankings, he ranked 89th in the state and 896th in the country for the Class of 2014.
Still, several Pac-12 and Mountain West programs were interested, leading McIntosh to choose Washington over UCLA, Washington State and Boise State, among others.
2. He identifies strongly with his Cambodian heritage.
Before McIntosh earned his spot in college football and the NFL, his family escaped war-torn Cambodia for a better life.
McIntosh’s mother, Sayom, told Adam Jude of The Seattle Times about the tough path her parents had in their journey for freedom.
According to the story, JoJo’s grandmother had been sold to a wealthy family to pay off a debt her parents owed. She cooked and cleaned for that family while her husband — McIntosh’s grandfather — served in the Cambodian army.
“Eventually,” Sayom said, “my dad worked enough to pay off the debt to get her back.”
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