South Korean-born American placekicker Younghoe Koo plays for the National Football League’s Atlanta Falcons. Koo’s parents are Hyunseo Koo and Seungmae Choi. On August 3, 1994, he was born in Seoul, the nation’s capital.
He used to play soccer, and in a local kicking competition, he took first place. His professional career began in 2017 with the Los Angeles Chargers, but four weeks into the season he was cut after missing back-to-back game-winning kicks.
Koo took a year off from football before making a comeback as an Atlanta Legends player for the Alliance of American Football (AAF), where he scored the league’s first points and converted all of his field goal attempts up until the league’s indefinite suspension.
Koo rejoined the Falcons again the following season as a result of his success. Koo was chosen to the Pro Bowl in 2020 due to his reputation as a skilled onside kicker, which he developed while playing with the Falcons. In the NFL, he is also third in placekicking accuracy.
Meet Hyunseo Koo and Seungmae Choi
Koo was born to his now famed parents Hyunseo Koo and Seungmae Choi in Korea. Seungmae Choi, a nurse, and Hyungseo Koo, a professor of management at Seoul’s Induk University, both sought the best education for their son.
They made the decision to relocate to Ridgewood, New Jersey, which is close to New York City, and Choi would go with them. Hyungseo, in contrast, would remain in Seoul and make yearly visits for a few months.