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May 12, 2014

Gerald Ford signs with Browns


The bad news Cleveland Browns fans received Friday turned out to be good news for one former Valdosta State Blazer.
When it was learned that Browns star wide receiver Josh Gordon is facing a year suspension following a second failed drug test, Gerald Ford took notice. And when Cleveland was one of the franchises that came calling Saturday night following the completion of the National Football League draft, Ford saw the depleted receiving corps as a sign that the Browns were the ideal situation for him to chase his dream. Ford was one of three Blazers to sign undrafted free agent deals Saturday night along with fellow wide receiver Seantavius Jones and defensive tackle Lawrence Virgil, both of whom are headed to New Orleans.
“When free agency gets started the phone lines go crazy,” Ford said Sunday, adding that he also heard from Houston, Indianapolis, San Francisco and Seattle. “And they make offers and you map it out, and see which team is the best fit for you. Cleveland feels like, well it doesn't feel like, it is the best fit. 
“With Josh Gordon and the NFL announcing that he's suspended for the whole year, they've got some other guys that haven't been in Cleveland for long so that's a chance for me to go in there and earn a spot and make a name for myself.”
Ford certainly made a name for himself during his career at Valdosta State. While he missed the 2011 and 2013 seasons due to being academically ineligible, Ford put up monster numbers when he was on the field. In helping the Blazers to the 2012 Division II national championship, the 6-foot-3, 220-pound Ford was the best player in the Gulf South Conference. Earning GSC Offensive Player of the Year honors, the New Orleans native hauled in 69 passes for 1,026 yards and 13 touchdowns. During his freshman campaign, Ford had 41 receptions for 526 yards and four touchdowns as he was named the conference's Freshman of the Year in 2009. A year later he caught 24 passes for 328 yards and four touchdowns.

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