Bernard Ford (American football)

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Bernard Ford
No. 80, 88
Position: Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1966-02-27) February 27, 1966 (age 52)
Cordele, Georgia
Height: 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight: 168 lb (76 kg)
Career information
High school: Cordele (GA) Crisp County
College: Central Florida
NFL Draft: 1988 / Round: 3 / Pick: 65
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 24
Receptions: 17
Receiving yards: 176
Receiving average: 10.4
Touchdowns: 2
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Bernard Ford (born February 27, 1966) is a former American football wide receiver in the National Football League (NFL) for the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Oilers. He also was a member of the London Monarchs in the World League of American Football (WLAF). He played college football at the University of Central Florida.

Early years[edit]

Ford attended Crisp County High School, where although he was an All-state selection in track and an MVP in football. He didn't receive many scholarship offers because he was considered small to play college football.

He moved on to Marion Military Institute and transferred at the end of his freshman year to the University of Central Florida. As a sophomore, he tallied 13 receptions for 305 receiving yards. The next year, he registered 30 receptions for 653 yards and 8 touchdowns.[1]

As a senior, including playoffs, he posted a then school record 82 receptions for 1,403 yards with 13 touchdowns. He also contributed to his team earning a 9-4 record and a trip to the national semifinals of the NCAA Division II playoffs. Against Northwest Missouri State University, he had 11 receptions for a school-record 208 yards and 4 touchdowns.

Ford finished his college career with school records for career receptions (111), career receiving yards (2,138), career touchdown receptions (21), career reception average (19.3), single-season reception average (21.8), career 100-yard receiving games (5), single-season receiving yards (1,403), single-season receptions (68), single-game receptions (14), single-game receiving yards (208 yards) and single-game receiving touchdowns (4).[2]

In 2011, he was inducted into the University of Central Florida Athletics Hall of Fame.

Professional career[edit]

Bufalo Bills[edit]

Ford was selected by the Buffalo Bills in the third round (65th pick overall) of the 1988 NFL Draft, after having a standout performance at the NFL scouting combine.[3] He separated his shoulder during preseason and was placed on the injured reserve list, where he remained for the entire season. He was waived on September 4, 1989.[4]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

On September 6, 1989, Ford was signed by the Dallas Cowboys to the practice squad.[5] In October, he was promoted to the active roster and appeared in 10 games (one start), posting 7 receptions for 78 yards and one touchdown.[6]

Houston Oilers[edit]

In 1990, the Houston Oilers signed Ford as a Plan B free agent to play in their run and shoot offense and return kickoffs.[7] He appeared as a backup in 14 games, recording 10 receptions for 98 yards, one touchdown and 14 kickoff returns for 219 yards. He wasn't re-signed at the end of the season.

London Monarchs (WLAF)[edit]

On February 4, 1992, he was selected by the defending champions the London Monarchs, in the second round of the WLAF Draft.[8] He was a starter at wide receiver, registering 45 receptions for 833 yards and 6 touchdowns.

Green Bay Packers[edit]

On June 11, 1992, he signed with the Green Bay Packers.[9] He was released on August 24.[10]

Miami Dolphins[edit]

On March 3, 1993, he was signed by the Miami Dolphins.[11] He was cut on July 30.[12]

Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

In 1995, he was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles. He was waived on July 31.[13]


  1. ^ "Ford's Turnaround Gets Big Receptions". Retrieved January 25, 2018. 
  2. ^ "State player countdown: No. 20 at UCF, Bernard Ford". Retrieved January 25, 2018. 
  3. ^ "Ford's Fleet Feet Earn Recognition". Retrieved January 25, 2018. 
  4. ^ "Sports Transactions". Retrieved January 25, 2018. 
  5. ^ "Aikman, Dallas `Silent' About Saints". Retrieved January 25, 2018. 
  6. ^ "Cowboys Are Paying The Price For Extensive Roster Changes". Retrieved January 25, 2018. 
  7. ^ "Ford Plans For Life After Professional Football". Retrieved January 25, 2018. 
  8. ^ "Thunder Roll Dice With Rocker In WLAF Draft". Retrieved January 25, 2018. 
  9. ^ "Packers Sign Majkowski". Retrieved January 25, 2018. 
  10. ^ "Transactions". Retrieved January 25, 2018. 
  11. ^ "Transactions". Retrieved January 25, 2018. 
  12. ^ "Transactions". Retrieved January 25, 2018. 
  13. ^ "Philadelphia Eagles". Retrieved January 25, 2018. 

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