James Ahkello Elec Witherspoon (born March 21, 1995). Made to play the game he loves, Ahkello attended Christian Brothers. After playing only one year of High School ball, he moved on to again play one year for Sac City College before transferring to the University of Colorado Boulder.
He played at Colorado from 2014 to 2016.During his career, he had 71 tackles and three
Coming out of Colorado, Witherspoon was projected to be a second or third round pick by the majority of NFL draft experts and scouts. He received an invitation the NFL Combine and performed nearly every combine drill, but opted to skip the bench press. On March 8, 2017, he chose to participate at Colorado's pro day long with, Chidobe Awuzie, Tedric Thompson, Sefo Liufau, and ten other prospects. All 32 NFL teams had team representatives and scouts present. He had five private workouts and visits with the Indianapolis Colts, New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers, and Seattle Seahawks.He was ranked the 14th best cornerback prospect in the draft by NFLDraftScout.com
On May 12, 2017, the San Francisco 49ers signed Witherspoon to a four-year contract.
Witherspoon entered the 2018 season as a starting cornerback alongside Richard Sherman. He played in 14 games with 12 starts, recording 37 tackles and four passes defended. On December 18, 2018, Witherspoon was placed on injured reserve due to a knee injury he suffered in Week 15 against the Seattle Seahawks.
In the season-opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Witherspoon intercepted Jameis Winston and returned it 25 yards for a touchdown in the 31-17 road victory. He missed Weeks 5-10 with a foot injury but returned in Week 11 against the Arizona Cardinals.
Witherspoon finished the regular season with 28 tackles, a career-high nine pass deflections, and an interception returned for a touchdown.
The 49ers went on to reach Super Bowl LIV, but lost 31-20 to the Kansas City Chiefs. Witherspoon finished the Super Bowl with one tackle.