The New England Patriots made an expected move this week, and this roster change may be of great help for the team. New England traded with the Miami Dolphins for wide receiver Isaiah Ford. NFL experts agree that the Patriots got a really awesome athlete. Do you know that the newest Patriots receiver could have played in an NBA team?
One of Ford’s former coaches says he could have easily joined the NBA.
Joe Schad wrote a profile on Ford in the Palm Beach Post in 2018. According to this, Ford would have become an NBA player had he accepted the suggestion of one of his best friends Grayson Allen.
Former Duke basketball player plays for the Utah Jazz right now, and he had the perfect advice for Ford.
The newest Patriots receiver was great at basketball
Ford didn’t like his role on his football team at Trinity Christian Academy in his freshman year of high school. The talented player was quarterback and then became wide receiver.
His mother didn’t allow him to take Allen’s advice. If Ford listened to Allen, he would have transferred to the Providence School in Jacksonville, Fla. To play basketball.
“It was my love,” Ford said of his basketball game.
His plans didn’t work, and Ford did his best to play both sports in college. He played basketball under Rick Pitino and worked under Charlie Strong as a football player. Strong left the Cardinals to coach the Texas Longhorns, Ford decided to go to Virginia Tech.
Ford wasn’t a dual-sport athlete for the Hoakis, but became one of the best wideouts for the Virginia Tech of all-time before being selected by Miami in 2016. How would things go had he played basketball?
“My Dad would joke around all the time and say how he never knows how the Lord is going to bless me,” Ford said. “He thinks I can still go out there and play. Sometimes I do sit there and wonder what if. But at the same time I love the position I’m in. The opportunity that I have.”
Today, Ford is part of the New England Patriots.