Ford in 2014
|No. 55 – Kansas City Chiefs|
March 19, 1991 |
|Height:||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight:||252 lb (114 kg)|
|High school:||Odenville (AL) St. Clair County|
|NFL Draft:||2014 / Round: 1 / Pick: 23|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2017|
Dee Ford (born March 19, 1991) is an American football outside linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Chiefs in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He played college football at Auburn.
Ford attended St. Clair County High School in Odenville, Alabama. As a senior, Ford recorded 90 tackles, including 38 tackles for loss and 18 sacks, intercepted a pass, and broke up three while being named to the Class 4A All-State team by the Alabama Sports Writers Association. As a junior, he posted 87 total tackles with 16 tackles for a loss and 12 sacks.
In addition to playing football, Dee Ford is known for his exceptional piano playing abilities.
On January 25, 2014, Ford attended the Reese's Senior Bowl and had an impression performance after recording two combined tackles, two tackles for a loss, a pass deflection, and sacked Virginia's Logan Thomas twice to help the South defeat the North 20-10. His Senior Bowl performance helped him raise his draft stock. NFL draft experts and analysts projected Ford to be a first or second round. He received an invitation to the NFL combine, but did not perform any physical drills after doctors recommended him sit out after issues stemming from a back injury he suffered in 2011. On March 4, 2014, Ford participated at Auburn's pro day and was able to complete a of the combine and positional drills for team representatives and scouts. All 32 NFL teams had representatives present at Auburn's pro day to scout Ford, Greg Robinson, and ten other prospects. He was ranked the second best defensive end prospect in the draft by NFLDraftScout.com and Sports Illustrated and was ranked the third best defensive end by NFL analyst Mike Mayock.
|Ht||Wt||Arm length||Hand size||40-yard dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert jump||Broad||BP|
|6 ft 2 in
|32 7⁄8 in
|10 1⁄4 in
|4.59 s||1.67 s||2.69 s||4.73 s||7.07 s||35 1⁄2 in
|10 ft 4 in
|All values from Auburn's Pro Day|
He competed with Dezman Moses, Frank Zombo, and Josh Mauga throughout training camp for a job as the backup linebacker. Head coach Andy Reid named him the backup right outside linebacker to Tamba Hali to begin the regular season.
Ford made his professional regular season debut during the Kansas City Chiefs 10–26 season-opening loss to the Tennessee Titans. On September 21, 2014, he recorded his first career tackle and deflected a pass during a 34–15 victory over the Miami Dolphins. In Week 8, Ford made a season-high three combined tackles and was credited a half a sack making it the first of his career during a 34–7 victory over the St. Louis Rams. Ford joined a highly-touted linebacking corps as a rookie, that consisted of Justin Houston, Derrick Johnson, and Tamba Hali. With Houston and Hali already staples in the defense, Ford received no starts in 16 game appearances and was limited to only seven combined tackles and 1.5 sacks.
Ford returned to his role as the backup outside linebacker in 2015, behind key veteran Hali and Houston. He missed Weeks 11-12 after suffering a back injury. On December 6, 2015, Ford earned his first career start against the Oakland Raiders after Justin Houston suffered a knee injury that cause him to miss the remainder of the season. He finished the 34–20 victory over the Raiders with one solo tackle. During a Week 14 matchup against the San Diego Chargers, he made a season-high seven solo tackles, defended a pass, and sacked Charger's quarterback Philip Rivers three times in a 10–3 victory. He made his first career solo sack and marked a career-high with his three sack performance. Ford finished the 2015 seasob with 23 combined tackles (21 solo), two pass deflections, and four sacks in 14 games and five starts.
He started the Kansas City Chiefs' season-opener against the San Diego Chargers and recorded four solo tackles and a sack on Philip Rivers during the 33-27 overtime victory. On October 16, 2016, Ford made five combined tackles and sacked Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr twice, as the Chiefs won 26-10. He did not record a sack against the New Orleans Saints in Week 7, and only recorded one tackle total on a down effort, however the Chiefs still won 27-21. In Week 8 matchup against the Indianapolis Colts, Ford collected five combined tackles and was credited with a career-high 3.5 sacks on quarterback Andrew Luck during a 30-14 victory. The following week, he had his second consecutive game with multiple sacks after he sacked Jacksonville Jaguars' quarterback Blake Bortles twice during a 19-14 victory.
On November 13, 2016, Ford collected three combined tackles, deflected a pass, and recorded a sack on Cam Newton, as the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Carolina Panthers 20-17. This was his third consecutive game with a sack. Through Ford's first nine games of his 2016 season, he was tied with Lorenzo Alexander as the NFL's sack leader. Although Houston returned to his starting left outside linebacker role in Week 11, Ford was able to start at right outside linebacker from Weeks 14-16 ahead of Tamba Hali. He finished the season with 38 combined tackle (25 solo), a career-high ten sacks, and two pass deflections in 15 games and 14 starts.
On May 1, 2017, the Kansas City Chiefs exercised the fifth-year option on Ford's rookie contract that pays him $8.71 million in 2018.
Ford was set to begin his fourth season as the backup left outside linebacker to Tamba Hali, until Hali was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list with an unspecified injury and was set to miss the first six games. He started the Kansas City Chiefs' season-opener against the New England Patriots and made four solo tackles in their 42-27 victory. The following week, Ford earned two solo tackles and sacked Philadelphia Eagles' quarterback Carson Wentz in a 27-20 victory. He was unable to play in Weeks 4-5 after sustaining a back injury. On October 15, 2017, Ford collected four combined tackles and a sack on Ben Roethlisberger, as the Chiefs were defeated by the Pittsburgh Steelers 13-19. He was placed on injured reserve on December 7, 2017.
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- Matt Connor (November 1, 2017). "Media receives mixed message about Tamba Hali's return to Chiefs". Retrieved November 1, 2017.
- "Chiefs place Dee Ford on injured reserve, sign lineman from Eagles' practice squad". KansasCity.com. December 7, 2017.
- "Dee Ford Stats". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 15 November 2016.