As another season of #TXHSFB comes to a close, you’ll find hidden gems in every class and division. Former Bellaire HS running back Da’Veon Ford transferred to North Shore in the off-season and gave a veteran presence to the Mustangs locker room. Ford is one of the most underrated backs in the class of 2021 and put together a great high school resume while being a starter since his freshmen year. I recently caught up with Da’Veon to discuss his football background and life after the gridiron.
First of all, congrats on a great high school career and best of luck going forward. I want to know your first memory playing football as a kid.
Thank you, my first football memory as a kid was at Fun Stadium, it was a super bowl game and I scored the game winning touchdown.
Who is the most influential person(s) in your life right now that keeps you level-headed?
Honestly, my mom and dad, but I really look up to my three grandparents. All three of them passed away when I was younger, that’s what really keeps me humble and keeps me fighting day in and day out.
What are your game day rituals?
On game days I wake up, thank God for the day, then eat a good meal before the game. I listen to my game day playlist that consists of mostly gospel music and a little hip hop.
What was your mindset going into this past season with all of the restrictions due to covid?
My mindset was one game at a time, but knowing it could all be gone the next, I wanted to give my all each and every week. Covid was difficult for us but we knew we had to keep fighting towards our goal.
How did the decision to transfer from Bellaire to North Shore come about and what was your biggest adjustment you had to make?
It really wasn’t a thought at first, it was some things going on with me and my family moving to another side of town, and North Shore just happen to be near the area where I moved. Of course knowing I was moving close to the school was exciting but it was never part of the plan initially.
Which pro player(s) (current or retired) do you watch the most and why?
Ezekiel Elliot because we wear the same number and we play alike. Our body type is similar as well so I can really compare myself to him and see me fitting in a system that he plays under.
How have any of your high school coaches played an important role in your life?
Bellaire coaches taught me a lot of things on and off the field, I matured fast being named as a leader since my sophomore year. Being a leader as a sophomore was challenging of course but it’s what makes me, I’m made to lead. North Shore coaches played a key role as well – the minute I joined the team, they really showed me what hard work and dedication is and with that I’ve gotten way stronger and faster.
What are your individual goals as a player?
I have many goals but the most important one was to win state as a team and finish with a perfect record, Obviously we fell short of that but we came pretty close. I still have that game on my heart and I don’t think it’s ever going to leave.
If you wasn’t an athlete, what could you see yourself doing?
I could see myself being a business man. At Bellaire and North Shore, I took a business course. My plan is to major in that field in college as well.
Explain what is life after football for you.
Life after football to me is helping and mentoring others who had the same dreams that I did. Also, starting a business and having a beautiful family as well.
In your own words, define success.
Success in my own words is the accomplishment of your goals. It can be defined differently for everybody. I believe if you accomplish what you set out to do personally, you’re a successful person.