In 1948 he was drafted by the Los Angeles Dons of the All-America Football Conference, where he excelled as an offensive end. In 1948 he recorded 31 receptions for 598 yards (19.3 yards-per-catch average) and seven touchdowns, tying him for the AAFC lead. The next year he had 36 catches for 577 yards (16 yards-per-catch average) and one touchdown.
When the AAFC disbanded at the end of 1949 season, only three teams from the league - the Cleveland Browns, San Francisco 49ers, and Baltimore Colts - were merged into the NFL. Ford was selected by the Browns in the 1950 AAFC Dispersal Draft created for teamless former AAFC players. In Cleveland, he became a ferocious defensive player for a very strong Browns team that dominated the NFL during the 1950s, playing in five championship games and winning three. Ford played for the Browns through 1957.
Green Bay Packers
In 1958 he was acquired by the Green Bay Packers in exchange for a draft choice. Ford played until the end of the season before retiring.