Leonard Guy Ford, Jr.
February 18, 1926
March 13, 1972
1941-42 Armstrong High School - Washington, DC (High School)
1942-43 Armstrong High School - Washington, DC (High School)
1943-44 Armstrong High School - Washington, DC (High School)
1944-45 Morgan State University (College)
1945-46 University of Michigan (College)
1946-47 University of Michigan (College)
1947-48 University of Michigan (College)
1948-49 New York Rens (Independent)
1948-49 Dayton Rens (NBL)
Born in D.C., Ford was a football and basketball player in college as well as professionally. After a year at Morgan State, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy but was discharged a short time later as World War 2 came to a close. He moved on to the University of Michigan where he became an all-pro football player. He played basketball professionally briefly for Dayton, but he turned in a professionally football career that spanned 11 season. as a defensive end primarily for the Cleveland Browns, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1976, four years after his sudden death from a heart attack at 46 years of age.
Len was married to Geraldine Bledsoe and they had two daughers prior to their 1959 divorce.