Arkansas native played for Tigers in the 1950s
Bob Ford came to then Memphis State College in the fall of 1951. Over the next four years, he became a star player for Ralph Hatley's Tiger football team. Playing in both the offensive and defensive lines, Ford lettered as a true freshman. He registered his first career pass interception in the Tigers' win against Murray State in 1952. During that same season, Memphis defeated a Johnny Unitas led Louisville team 29-25 thanks to a great defensive stand late in the contest.
In 1953, Ford working at offensive end helped the team to a season high 267 yards rushing with his blocking. He caught two passes for 44 yards during the season and scored one touchdown. In his senior year, the Wynne, Arkansas, native caught ten passes for 109 yards and was an integral part of the defensive unit.
He received his BS degree in the spring of 1955 and his MA in 1956. He served as the Tigers' freshman coach during the 1955 season and would later earn his law degree. Ford lives in Wynne, Arkansas and practices law in his hometown.