September 20, 2021
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Gridiron Football Top 300: Tyson Ford

Tyson Ford is a Defensive End in the Class of 2022 for John Burroughs School in St. Louis, Missouri. With a build of 6’5” and 245 lbs., Ford has proved that nobody can stop him from getting through the O-line. His combination of speed and strength make it nearly impossible to contain as he seems to be in the backfield nearly every play! His tremendous speed and quickness are on full display in his film as well as him running a 4.7 second 40-yard dash. His hard work and dedication don’t end on the football field, he is also great in the classroom with a 3.5 GPA. With limitless potential and another high school season ahead of him, we are all excited to see what Tyson Ford will do in the future.

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When did you start playing football and why? Started playing around the age of 9 and I got into it because my mom was friends with Arland Harris, an ex-NFL RB for the Rams, and then coach said it would be a good idea for me to play for his team.

Favorite moment of your career so far? I enjoy all the moments; I don’t really have a favorite. If I had to choose my first high school game out of St Louis, I probably had the best game of my high school career.

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What current or past player do you think you play like the most? I think I play like Miles Garrett, an aggressive player who runs through players, he is so strong he can just power through lineman without really having to use his hands.

Do you play any sports outside of football, and what do you think you adds to your game? Basketball, it adds an agility aspect, it helps me move faster and react quicker, helps me stay alert on the field.

Do you have any pregame rituals? Usually before every game I work with my D-line trainer for an hour, then I go to the trainer

Going into your senior season, what are you looking forward to? Finishing my high school career with my teammates and hopefully competing for a district championship or maybe even state championship.

What do you think a college would get out of you as a player? They are going to get an aggressive player who is going to be ready to work, I will do anything it takes to win.

What motivates you to get up and train every day? Just knowing that there are other people training just as hard or harder and any day that I miss, they will get ahead.

What do you think makes you a good teammate? The main thing I do is that I’m a leader by example, I also like to motivate my teammates, I treat everyone the same and push them to be their best self.

Who has pushed you most in your football journey? There was a senior when I was a sophomore, Carlos Hillman, and he pushed me any chance he got, he always reminded me to not take it easy and not to take things for granted.

What do you think sets you apart from other athletes? My mindset, not everyone has the mindset to step into the game thinking that you always have an edge on the player across from you.

What do you think the best part of your game is? My aggressiveness and my speed, when you are aggressive, not many people want to mess with you.

Would you consider yourself a speed rusher, power rusher, or finesse rusher? Power rusher mixed with speed.

What technique do you prefer to line up in? A 3 or a 5, I think I do the best in the 5.

What scheme would best utilize your talents? Probably playing the outside of a 4-3, I could work well in a 3-4 as well.

What are you thinking Pre Snap? Normally when I line up, I always try to see what formation they are in, I try to guess the play based on the formation, on a pass I will have more time to make a quick move, on the run I know i can’t give the up-field position.

Are you a big hitter or a more conservative tackler? A more conservative tackler, I just try not to miss the tackles, but if I’m given the chance I will hit hard.

Favorite part about playing D end? How much of a 1v1 position it is, and it’s a lot more physical than most positions.