Cleveland,OH- NFLGRIDIRONGAB and TITANSGAB.COM are pleased to announce that Tennessee Titans Defensive End Jacob Ford has joined our team. Jacob will be calling in after every Titans game and discuss the game and answer any questions Titans fans and NFL Fans may have.
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A little about #78 Jacob Ford:
After recovering from an Achilles injury that robbed him of his rookie season, defensive end Jacob Ford became an important presence in the defensive line rotation in his second year. He finished second on the team and sixth among all AFC defensive ends in 2008 with seven sacks in 14 games. The athletically-gifted Ford was one of the fastest defensive ends available in the 2007 rookie pool, but his talents were only briefly on display for the Titans before a left Achilles’ injury in his first training camp resulted in his placement on injured reserve. A native of Memphis, Tenn., Ford’s unique path to the NFL included one year at the University of Memphis, two years out of college, one season at Holmes Community College in Goodman, Miss., and finally two seasons at Central Arkansas. At the 2007 scouting combine, he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.68 seconds, the second-best time among defensive ends, and bench pressed 225 pounds 19 times. He became the highest draft pick in Central Arkansas history after being selected by the Titans in the sixth round (204th overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft.
In his second NFL season and first on the team’s 53-man roster, Ford finished second on the quad and ranked sixth among AFC defensive ends with seven sacks. Led or tied for team lead in sacks six times (vs. GB, at JAX, at DET, vs. CLV, at HST, at IND). Also tallied nine quarterback pressures and two forced fumbles.
Jacob Ford’s father, the late Fred “Sweet Daddy Goodlow” Ford, was an internationally renowned jazz musician best known for his talents on the baritone saxophone. He played and recorded music with countless stars in the music business, such as Little Richard, B.B. King, Ray Charles and Jerry Lee Lewis, among others. Perhaps Sweet Daddy Goodlow’s most popular collaboration was with Big Mamma Thornton on the original 1952 hit single “Hound Dog.”
In two seasons at Central Arkansas, totaled 102 tackles, 17 sacks and 32.5 tackles for loss.
As a senior (2006), named first-team All-American by College Sports Report after starting all 10 games and leading the team with eight sacks and 15.5 tackles for loss. Added 48 tackles, four passes defensed, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.
As a junior (2005) at Central Arkansas, named first-team All-Gulf South Conference, first-team All-Region and second-team All-American after starting all 14 games for Bears team that made NCAA Div. II quarterfinals.
As a sophomore (2004) at Holmes Community College (Goodman, Miss.), played nine games and earned All-State honors.
Was not enrolled in college during 2002 and 2003 seasons.
As a freshman (2001) at Memphis, earned Freshman All-Conference USA honors after appearing in 10 games.
Majored in mass communications.
Engaged, splits time between Nashville and Memphis, Tenn.
At Melrose (Memphis, Tenn.) High School, earned All-Shelby Metro, Prep Star All-Southeast Region and High Tech Tennessee’s Top Prospect List honors as senior two-way lineman. Registered 229 tackles and 32 sacks during career and helped team win 1998 State Championship.
Also ran track three seasons, competing in 110m and 300m hurdles.
Enjoys drawing and painting portraits and landscapes.
Has donated time and resources to the non profits Ellie’s Run for Africa, Invisible Children and Action for Healthy Kids.
List of favorites: (movie) “300”; (TV show) “SportsCenter”; (actor) Will Smith; (musicians) Fred Ford; (sports hero) Jason Taylor; (school subject) history; (video game) Street Fighter IV; and (food) sushi.
Born Jacob Aaron Taylor Ford on July 20, 1983 in Memphis, Tenn.
Jacob’s Official Website is: http://www.jacobford.net/
Content Courtesy of Jacob Ford