Friday, December 2, 2016

Texas Southern University Mourns the Passing of Tigers Legend, Coach Audrey Ford

HOUSTON, Texas -- The Texas Southern University family mourns the loss of former Alumnus, Coach, and Student-Athlete Audrey Ford.

Ford was a legendary TSU student-athlete who was the school's first athlete to letter in three sports: football, basketball and baseball, for three consecutive years 1950, 1951 and 1952.

When Ford arrived on the Texas Southern University campus in 1950, the football fortunes of the Houston-based school changed dramatically under the tutelage of Coach Alexander Durley.

Ford was TSU's first football player to win All-American honors twice (1952 and 1955) and the only quarterback to lead the Tigers to a national championship, after an undefeated 1952 season.

He was also the first, and only TSU quarterback to pass for 21 touchdowns in a single season (1951 and 1952), and he set the bar for most career passing touchdowns (65), and is tied for single game record in touchdown passes (5).

For his football prowess Ford was inducted into the TSU Football Hall of Fame (2010) and the Southwestern Athletic Conference Hall of Fame (1992).

In addition to his impressive football accolades Ford served as TSU's first Volleyball Head Coach (1985-1993) and led the Lady Tigers to five Southwestern Athletic Conference Championships (1986, 1987, 1989, 1990 and 1991).

The legacy of Audrey Ford remains at Texas Southern University where past, present and future student-athletes have been and will be measured. Coach Ford represented TSU with pride, dignity, and honor and for that the Texas Southern University Community will forever be grateful.

Ford's services will be held in Texas City on Saturday, December 3rd at 11:00 am. Please see below for more details.

Viewing from 9:00 am -11:00 am.   The funeral services will begin at 11:00 am following the visitation. Pastor Michael Porter, Sr. officiating. The interment will follow at Houston Memorial Gardens, Pearland, Texas.   Johnson Funeral Home - Houston, Texas

Greater Barbours Chapel Baptist Church
7420 FM 1765
Texas City, Texas 77591
Phone: (409) 935-1100. 


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