November 17, 2016

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Buffalo Bills offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio moved to the United States with his family when he was 4 years old.

On Thursday, he became a U.S. citizen.

Kouandjio was one of 34 individuals to receive U.S. citizenship at the U.S. District Courthouse in Buffalo Thursday morning.

''I finally made it,'' Kouandjio said. ''It's been a long time coming. It's been 19 years. It's a good day.''

Kouandjio and his family came to the United States from Cameroon in 1997. Kouandjio was given permanent residency status for political asylum.

He became a standout offensive lineman in college at Alabama and was chosen 44th overall by the Bills in 2014. Kouandjio has served as a backup offensive tackle for most of his time with the Bills.


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