Green Bay Packers safety Charlie Peprah is looking forward to Sunday’s Super Bowl, and looking back on his family’s roots in Ghana.  Peprah says even though he was born in Texas, the state hosting the 45th Super Bowl game between the Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers, he feels connected to Ghana, because of his family’s ties to the west African country.

In the video, Charlie talks about the execution of his grandfather in Ghana. General Ignatius Kutu Acheampong came to power in a 1972 military coup. He was forced to resign in 1978 and was executed by firing squad a year later. Charlie, who was born in 1983, never knew his grandfather, but he does realize his participation in the Super Bowl is attracting attention in Ghana, where soccer is the most popular sport.

Charlie Peprah played college football at the University of Alabama. He was picked by the New York Giants in the fifth round of the 2006 National Football League Draft. Now in his fifth season as a professional football player, Charlie is looking ahead to his first appearance in perhaps the most popular annual sporting event in the United States. And it’s a game that this year has even gained some popularity in Ghana.