- Witherspoon’s grandfather, Jimmy Witherspoon (pictured right), was a renowned blues/jazz musician and singer whose hits, including “Ain’t Nobody’s Business” which reached number one on the U.S. R&B charts in 1949, came in the late 1940’s. Ahkello also sings and plays the drums.
- Not only was Witherspoon’s grandfather extremely talented, his father also had skills of his own. Lucky Witherspoon was a running back at the University of Nevada and was good enough to be invited to a tryout with the Dallas Cowboys.
- A multi-sport athlete growing up, Witherspoon excelled in soccer as a midfielder and as an outfielder and pitcher in baseball. He picked up soccer at the age of five in order to be more like his older sister, Alexis. Witherspoon credits soccer for teaching him footwork and body awareness skills that have translated to the football field.
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