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Dee Ford (born March 19, 1991) is an American football defensive end for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He played college football at Auburn.

Dee Ford
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Ford in 2014
No. 55 – San Francisco 49ers
Position:Defensive end
Personal information
Born: (1991-03-19) March 19, 1991 (age 28)
Odenville, Alabama
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:252 lb (114 kg)
Career information
High school:St. Clair County
(Odenville, Alabama)
NFL Draft:2014 / Round: 1 / Pick: 23
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2018
Total tackles:137
Forced fumbles:9
Fumble recoveries:0
Player stats at


Early yearsEdit

Ford attended St. Clair County High School in Odenville, Alabama. As a senior, Ford recorded 90 tackles, including 38 tackles for loss and 18 sacks, intercepted a pass, and broke up three while being named to the Class 4A All-State team by the Alabama Sports Writers Association. As a junior, he posted 87 total tackles with 16 tackles for a loss and 12 sacks.

Considered a three-star recruit by, he was ranked as the 62nd best outside linebacker prospect in the nation.[1]

College careerEdit

Ford attended Auburn University from 2009 to 2013. During his career, he had 19.5 sacks. As a senior in 2013, he was an All-SEC selection.[2][3]


Year Team Tackles TFL Sacks QB Hurries Deflections Starts
2009 Auburn 12 2.5 1 7 1 0
2010 Auburn 11 2 2 4 0 1
2011 Auburn 7 2 1 4 0 0
2012 Auburn 34 6.5 6 8 1 7
2013 Auburn 29 14.5 10.5 17 1 11
Career 93 27.5 20.5 40 3 19

Professional careerEdit

NFL DraftEdit

On January 25, 2014, Ford attended the Reese's Senior Bowl and had an impressive performance after recording two combined tackles, two tackles for a loss, a pass deflection, and sacked Virginia Tech's Logan Thomas twice to help the South defeat the North 20-10.[4] His Senior Bowl performance helped him raise his draft stock. NFL draft experts and analysts projected Ford to be a first or second round. He received an invitation to the NFL combine, but did not perform any physical drills after doctors recommended him sit out after issues stemming from a back injury he suffered in 2011. On March 4, 2014, Ford participated at Auburn's pro day and was able to complete a of the combine and positional drills for team representatives and scouts. All 32 NFL teams had representatives present at Auburn's pro day to scout Ford, Greg Robinson, and ten other prospects. He was ranked the second best defensive end prospect in the draft by and Sports Illustrated and was ranked the third best defensive end by NFL analyst Mike Mayock.[5]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 2 in
(1.88 m)
252 lb
(114 kg)
32 78 in
(0.84 m)
10 14 in
(0.26 m)
4.59 s 1.67 s 2.69 s 4.73 s 7.07 s 35 12 in
(0.90 m)
10 ft 4 in
(3.15 m)
29 reps
All values from Auburn's Pro Day

Kansas City ChiefsEdit

The Kansas City Chiefs selected Ford in the first round (23rd overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft.[6][7]


He competed with Dezman Moses, Frank Zombo, and Josh Mauga throughout training camp for a job as the backup linebacker. Head coach Andy Reid named him the backup right outside linebacker to Tamba Hali to begin the regular season.[8]

Ford made his professional regular season debut during the Kansas City Chiefs 10–26 season-opening loss to the Tennessee Titans. On September 21, 2014, he recorded his first career tackle and deflected a pass during a 34–15 victory over the Miami Dolphins. In Week 8, Ford made a season-high three combined tackles and was credited a half a sack making it the first of his career during a 34–7 victory over the St. Louis Rams. Ford joined a highly-touted linebacking corps as a rookie, that consisted of Justin Houston, Derrick Johnson, and Tamba Hali. With Houston and Hali already staples in the defense, Ford received no starts in 16 game appearances and was limited to only seven combined tackles and 1.5 sacks.[9]


Ford returned to his role as the backup outside linebacker in 2015, behind key veteran Hali and Houston. He missed Weeks 11-12 after suffering a back injury. On December 6, 2015, Ford earned his first career start against the Oakland Raiders after Justin Houston suffered a knee injury that cause him to miss the remainder of the season. He finished the 34–20 victory over the Raiders with one solo tackle. During a Week 14 matchup against the San Diego Chargers, he made a season-high seven solo tackles, defended a pass, and sacked Charger's quarterback Philip Rivers three times in a 10–3 victory. He made his first career solo sack and marked a career-high with his three sack performance.[10][11] Ford finished the 2015 season with 23 combined tackles (21 solo), two pass deflections, and four sacks in 14 games and five starts.


Ford began the 2016 season as the starting right outside linebacker, in place of Justin Houston, who was recovering from surgery in February to repair a torn ACL.[12]

He started the Kansas City Chiefs' season-opener against the San Diego Chargers and recorded four solo tackles and a sack on Philip Rivers during the 33-27 overtime victory. On October 16, 2016, Ford made five combined tackles and sacked Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr twice, as the Chiefs won 26-10. He did not record a sack against the New Orleans Saints in Week 7, and only recorded one tackle total on a down effort, however the Chiefs still won 27-21. In Week 8 matchup against the Indianapolis Colts, Ford collected five combined tackles and was credited with a career-high 3.5 sacks on quarterback Andrew Luck during a 30-14 victory.[13] The following week, he had his second consecutive game with multiple sacks after he sacked Jacksonville Jaguars' quarterback Blake Bortles twice during a 19-14 victory.

On November 13, 2016, Ford collected three combined tackles, deflected a pass, and recorded a sack on Cam Newton, as the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Carolina Panthers 20-17. This was his third consecutive game with a sack. Through Ford's first nine games of his 2016 season, he was tied with Lorenzo Alexander as the NFL's sack leader.[14] Although Houston returned to his starting left outside linebacker role in Week 11, Ford was able to start at right outside linebacker from Weeks 14-16 ahead of Tamba Hali. He finished the season with 38 combined tackle (25 solo), a career-high ten sacks, and two pass deflections in 15 games and 14 starts.


On May 1, 2017, the Kansas City Chiefs exercised the fifth-year option on Ford's rookie contract that pays him $8.71 million in 2018.[15]

Ford was set to begin his fourth season as the backup left outside linebacker to Tamba Hali, until Hali was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list with an unspecified injury and was set to miss the first six games.[16] He started the Kansas City Chiefs' season-opener against the New England Patriots and made four solo tackles in their 42-27 victory. The following week, Ford earned two solo tackles and sacked Philadelphia Eagles' quarterback Carson Wentz in a 27-20 victory. He was unable to play in Weeks 4-5 after sustaining a back injury. On October 15, 2017, Ford collected four combined tackles and a sack on Ben Roethlisberger, as the Chiefs were defeated by the Pittsburgh Steelers 13-19. He was placed on injured reserve on December 7, 2017.[17]


In Week 8, Ford recorded three sacks on quarterback Case Keenum in a 30-23 win over the Denver Broncos, earning him AFC Defensive Player of the Week.[18] Overall for the month of October, Ford recorded 13 tackles, four sacks, and three forced fumbles, earning himself AFC Defensive Player of the Month.[19]

In the final minutes of 4th quarter of the 2019 AFC Championship Game against the New England Patriots, Ford was called for offside penalty [20] that reversed a Charvarius Ward interception that would’ve likely sealed the game for the Chiefs.[21]

On March 2, 2019, the Chiefs placed the franchise tag on Ford.[22]

San Francisco 49ersEdit

On March 12, 2019 the Chiefs agreed to a trade that would send Ford to the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Ford would sign a five year contract worth $87.5 million after the trade was officially completed on March 13, 2019.[23][24]

Career statisticsEdit

2014 KC 16 7 3 4 1.5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
2015 KC 14 23 21 2 4.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 3 0
2016 KC 15 38 25 13 10.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 7 0
2017 KC 6 13 11 2 2.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 4 0
2018 KC 16 55 42 13 13.0 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 17 0
Career[25] 67 136 102 34 30.5 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 13 31 0

Personal lifeEdit

In addition to playing football, Dee Ford is known for his exceptional piano playing abilities.[26]


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  2. ^ Auburn lands three Tigers on coaches' All-SEC first team; Four players overall. (December 2013). Retrieved on November 15, 2015.
  3. ^ Tre Mason, Reese Dismukes, Dee Ford On Coaches' All-Sec. (December 10, 2013). Retrieved on November 15, 2015.
  4. ^ James Dator (January 25, 2014). "Senior Bowl 2014 final score: South dominates low key game, 20-10". Retrieved October 31, 2017.
  5. ^ Mayock, Mike (May 5, 2014). "Mike Mayock's position rankings for 2014 NFL Draft".
  6. ^ Chiefs bring Dee Ford to Kansas City with 23rd pick. (May 8, 2014). Retrieved on November 15, 2015.
  7. ^ "2014 NFL Draft final top 200: Jadeveon Clowney finishes at the top, where he started". May 7, 2014.
  8. ^ " Kansas City Chiefs depth chart: 10/01/2014". Retrieved October 31, 2017.
  9. ^ "Dee Ford".
  10. ^ "NFL Game Center: Week 14-2015: San Diego Chargers @ Kansas City Chiefs". Retrieved October 31, 2017.
  11. ^ Teicher, Adam (December 13, 2015). "Dee Ford plays game of his career in Chiefs' win over Chargers".
  12. ^ Teicher, Adam (March 22, 2016). "Chiefs' Justin Houston could miss upcoming season after ACL surgery".
  13. ^ "Chiefs vs. Colts Week 8, 2016 Box Score".
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  15. ^ Kissel, BJ (May 1, 2017). "Kansas City Chiefs Pick Up Fifth-Year Option on LB Dee Ford".
  16. ^ Matt Connor (November 1, 2017). "Media receives mixed message about Tamba Hali's return to Chiefs". Retrieved November 1, 2017.
  17. ^ "Chiefs place Dee Ford on injured reserve, sign lineman from Eagles' practice squad". December 7, 2017.
  18. ^ "James Conner, Adrian Peterson among Players of the Week". October 31, 2018.
  19. ^ Shook, Nick (November 1, 2018). "Todd Gurley, James Conner lead players of October".
  20. ^ "Patriots vs. Chiefs AFC Championship, 2018 Box Score".
  21. ^ "Dee Ford Offsides Penalty Negates Chiefs Interception on Late Patriots Touchdown Drive". January 20, 2019.
  22. ^ Smith, Michael David (March 2, 2019). "Chiefs franchise Dee Ford". Pro Football Talk. NBC Sports.
  23. ^ Teope, Herbie (March 12, 2019). "Chiefs trade pass-rusher Dee Ford to 49ers".
  24. ^ "49ers Acquire DL Dee Ford, Sign LB Kwon Alexander". March 13, 2019.
  25. ^ "Dee Ford Stats". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved November 15, 2016.
  26. ^ Marcello, Brandon (January 3, 2014) Auburn defensive end Dee Ford's piano playing entertains teammates until curfew. Retrieved on November 15, 2015.

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