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Former Tide OL Cyrus Kouandjio gives a ‘Roll Tide’ after becoming U.S. citizen

Former Alabama offensive lineman Cyrus Kouandjio became a United States citizen Thursday, but not without giving a shout out to his former school first.

After he was officially naturalized at a ceremony held at a U.S. District courthouse in Buffalo, New York – where he plays for the Buffalo Bills – Kouandjio ended an interview with WGR-AM radio by giving a “Go Bills and Roll Tide.”

“I had a long road to get here,” Kouandjio said. “I am so glad, I feel so blessed to be part of a country that stands for freedom and liberty.”

Kouandjio was born in Cameroon but has lived in the United States for 19 years, moving to Beltsville, Maryland in suburban Washington, D.C. when he was 4 years old. His older brother Arie Kouandjio who also played at Alabama and now plays for the Washington Redskins became a U.S. citizen in September.

Now in his third year with the Bills, Kouandjio has played in six games this season with two starts after appearing in 12 games last season. At Alabama, won two national championships and was a first-team All-SEC and All-American selection in 2013.

Kouandjio was one of 34 new U.S. citizens at the ceremony. The other candidates came from Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, Canada, Democratic Republic of Congo, Dominican Republic, Eritrea, Ghana, India, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Mexico, Nepal, Pakistan, Paraguay, People’s Republic of China, Poland, Sri Lanka, Syria, Thailand, and Yemen.

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