When Ford was younger, his mother and father created a traveling band with Dee and his sister serving as backup singers and his cousin as a co-lead singer in the "Ford Connection."
While at St. Clair County (Odenville, AL) High School, participated in the school's jazz band.
Awards & Honors
2018: AFC Pro Bowl, AFC Defensive Player of the Month (October), AFC Defensive Player of the Week (Week 8)
As a member of the Kansas City Chiefs in 2018, registered a career-high 13.0 sacks, ranking t-7th in the NFL and t-5th in the AFC and was named to the 2019 Pro Bowl.
Finished the 2018 season with a career-high 7 FFs, tied for the most in the NFL. His 7 FFs ranked t-2nd in a single season in Chiefs history (Derrick Thomas – 8 FFs in 1992 & Jared Allen – 7 FFs in 2005).
Instead of spending opening night of the 2014 NFL Draft in New York City with fellow draft hopefuls, Ford was in Anniston, AL, gathered with family and friends just singing gospel and spending time together. The night was about more than Dee, as the entire Ford family was celebrating. His mother, Debbie, was recently certified as a registered nurse, while his brother had also received a new job offer.
A multi-talented individual, in addition to playing football, Ford has a strong musical background. With his parents as his biggest role models, Ford grew up watching his mother and father as musicians with multiple gospel groups. He developed the ability to play the drums which later led to him picking up the piano. Said Ford, "Music was all I saw when I was little. Eventually it just grew into me. It became a part of me."
Prior to San Francisco's Week 14 matchup in New Orleans during the 2019 season, the 49ers stayed in Bradenton, FL for the week. Ford stopped by the local Guitar Center and met Adam Birmingham, a local high school student who was testing out a guitar when Ford approached him. After the two talked and played music together, Ford offered to buy the guitar for him. "I was just there playing and I saw this kid," said Ford. "He was really, really good. He reminded me of myself when I first learned how to play a keyboard and he was very passionate. My message to him was to keep that passion and don't let anyone take it away from you."
In celebration of his trip to the 2019 Pro Bowl, Ford brought more than 35 friends and family members down to the festivities in Orlando, FL. Said Ford, "I'm from down south, so there's some family that don't have a chance to come out to the Midwest. It's a real mixture of a lot of people. It'll cost a little penny, but I think the experience is worth it."
NFL players had the opportunity to participate in the NFL's annual My Cause, My Cleats campaign during Week 14 of the 2019 season. Ford and his teammates represented their respective causes with custom-designed cleats in an effort to raise awareness and funding. Ford represented the Boys & Girls Club of Oakland.
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