WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - The Redskins were on the biggest stage Monday night, but for one offensive lineman, the more significant event took place less than 12 hours later.
Along with 44 others, 24-year-old Arie Kouandjio gained citizenship in a Naturalization Ceremony Tuesday morning.
"It feels awesome," he said. "It feels American."
Kouandjio moved to the United States from Cameroon in 1998 with his family, when he was just six years old. Since then it's been his dream to become a United State citizen. The second-year offensive lineman told WUSA9 that he plans to turn his citizenship into action.
"Before all I could do is watch CNN or Fox," he said. "Just watch. I wasn't a participating member in all decisions. So it's awesome to be able to do this stuff now."
Kouandjio was one of 45 being naturalized, from 38 countries across the world. The NFL bigman took photos with various people at the ceremony, and even gave his autograph to Deputy Secretary Christopher Lu, from the Department of Labor.
WUSA9 asked Kouandjio whether this day would be as important as a potential Super Bowl victory. He said that would be a tough decision.
"Gosh," he laughed. "We've got to save that (question). Both of them are as American as you can get right? There both winning in my book."
Kouandjio was drafted in the fourth round in the 2015 draft. He is currently listed as the backup Right Guard on the Redskins' website.