Joey Bosa: The ‘Italian Horn’ drafted by the San Diego Charges

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Joey Bosa. Photo credit: Cal Sport Media / Alamy Stock Photo

Joey Bosa Charges

The San Diego Charges selected Joey Bosa with the No. 3 pick in the NFL draft on Thursday night.

The Ohio State defensive lineman is considered one of the best college football players in the nation and last year became the 27th unanimous All-American in Buckeyes history.

The 6’6”, 275-pound quarterback crusher has it all. “He’s strong, fast, quick, smart and very coordinated,” said linemate Michael Bennett, also a first-team All-American. “Not many people have all those attributes.

Joey Bosa Ethnicity

One Ohio State teammate proved that Bosa was fiercely proud of his Italian heritage.

At media day, Buckeyes tight end Jeff Heuerman walked around interviewing teammates. “What’s that around your neck?” Heuerman asked Bosa about a gold, cone-shaped charm.

“It’s an Italian horn,” Bosa replied. It’s supposed to ward away bad, evil spirits — so get out of here, Jeff.”

Both players laughed.

“Maybe that will be your new nickname, Italian Horn,” Heuerman said, grinning.

Joey Bosa Mafia links

Joey’s maternal great grandfather was Tony Accardo, aka “Big Tuna.”

Accardo, who once was Al Capone’s driver and bodyguard, gradually succeeded Capone as the boss of the Chicago outfit and was the undisputed leader from 1947-1992.

Accardo ran the Outfit until he died — remarkably, of natural causes — at age 86 in 1992.

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Joey Bosa’s great-grandfather, Tony “Big Tuna” Accardo.