Senior Spotlight: Darius Ford

By John Goolsby

“Don’t Quit!” is Darius Ford’s mantra said his mom, Areatha Ford. If that mantra ever fit anyone, it is Ford. He was looking forward to playing his senior year. He had been working extremely hard on his conditioning and strength for his second year with the Mounties. Unfortunately, he tore his ACL in the preseason.

Instead of sulking and withdrawing, Ford chose to focus on the positives. “One thing I learned through the injury is unexpected things happen sometimes,” he said. “The important thing is to stay positive, keep a smile and try to improve your situation.”

Ford continued to be involved with the team anytime he had the chance. “Darius has been here with the group cheering them on each week,” said defensive line coach Robert Nelson, Jr. “He was having a good off-season in the weight room before his injury.”

Ford wants to be remembered “as a hard worker, someone who doesn’t back down from a challenge.” Anyone that follows Ford’s social media presence is aware of how hard he works in the weight room. “His passion is bodybuilding,” his mom said.

Ford has put the injury behind him and is looking to be a positive role model for those facing challenges. “Right now, my goal is to make a full recovery, and if I do decide to play another sport, come back stronger and even more motivated,” he said. “I also want to inspire someone not to lose all hope even if their situation doesn’t look good.”

Even though his season was cut short, he cherishes his time with his teammates. “My favorite football memory was hanging out with the team after a hard practice or workout,” he said.

Ford is considering his options after school. Logistics is one career he is interested in. No matter what Ford does, there is no doubt he will find success with his positive attitude and tremendous work ethic.

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