For the running back born 1990, see Michael Ford (gridiron football).
Mike Ford
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Date of birth: (1959-01-30) January 30, 1959 (age 60)
Place of birth: Clarksville, Texas
Career history
High school: Mesquite (TX)
SMU (1977–1980)
Career highlights and awards
*NCAA passing leader (1978)

Mike Ford (born January 30, 1959) was an American football player. He was a quarterback at Mesquite High School in Mesquite, Texas.[1] He played college football for the SMU Mustangs football team from 1977 to 1980.[2] As a sophomore in 1978, he led all NCAA major college players in both total offense yards (2,957),[3] total offense per game (268.8 yards/game),[4] and passing yards (3,007).[5] In 11 games during the 1978 season, he completed 224 of 389 passes for 3,007 passing yards, 17 touchdowns, and 23 interceptions for and SMU team that compiled a 4-6-1 record.[2] Listed as a pre-season Heisman Trophy candidate in 1979,[6] he never reached the same statistical levels, passing for 217 yards after sustaining a knee injury in 1979 season opener,[7] and tallying 951 passing yards in 1980.[2] He returned to SMU as a student 30 year later to obtain his degree.[8]

After his college career, he played in the USFL for the San Antonio Gunslingers.[9]

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  1. "2016 SMU Football Media Guide". SMU Athletics. 1 August 2016. p. 128. Retrieved 31 December 2018. "A high-touted quarterback recruit from Mesquite High School, Ford was the nation's second-ranked passer in 1978, when he threw for 3,007 yards."
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Mike Ford". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 5, 2015.
  3. "Year-by-Year Leaders and Records for Total Yards". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved August 27, 2015.
  4. "Football Bowl Subdivision Records". NCAA. 2015. pp. 50-51.
  5. "1978 Passing Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved October 22, 2015.
  6. "Hoopla over Heisman already begun". The Daily Sun (San Bernardino): p. 46. August 12, 1979.
  7. "20th-ranked SMU gets 27-7 Tex Christian win". The Paris News: p. 22. September 16, 1979.
  8. "Former star quarterback returns to SMU to earn degree". SMU. May 13, 2011.

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