Mike Ford Jr.
Early life and high school
Ford was born and grew up in Alton, Illinois and attended Marquette Catholic High School, where he played both running back and defensive back for the Explorers football team. As a senior, Ford was named first-team all-conference on both offense and defense and All-State at running back after rushing for 1,614 yards and 28 touchdowns, scoring an additional five touchdowns on returns, and recording 69 tackles with two fumble recoveries and three interceptions on defense.
Ford spent five seasons at Southeast Missouri State University, red shirting his freshman season and playing wide receiver as a redshirt freshman. He was moved to defensive back at the beginning of his redshirt freshman season. As a redshirt sophomore, his first season as a starter, Ford made 44 tackles and had five interceptions and seven pass breakups and was named second-team All-Ohio Valley Conference.As a redshirt senior, Ford made 32 tackles with two sacks, an interception and 14 passes broken up.
Mike Ford has played in the NFL as a professional cornerback for the Detroit Lions, Denver Broncos, Atlanta Falcons, and now, the Cleveland Browns.