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That time former Vikings TE Chase Ford was named a juco MVP over Cam Newton

By Andrew Krammer

Should Cam Newton be upset this weekend as the frontrunner for the NFL’s Most Valuable Player, it wouldn’t be the first time.

Despite leading the Blinn College Buccaneers to a 2009 junior college national championship, Newton wasn’t even the Most Valuable Player from his own seven-team conference. That honor went to Kilgore College’s Chase Ford, who recently spoke with ESPN’s Arash Markazi about looking back on the surprising outcome.

“When they told me I had won MVP, I thought they were playing with me,” Ford told Markazi.

For the 11-1 Buccaneers, in Brenham, Tex., Newton combined for 38 touchdowns (22 passing, 16 rushing) and racked up nearly 3,500 total yards (2,833 passing, 655 rushing). Newton and Blinn College defeated Ford’s Kilgore group in the season’s only meeting, a 31-21 regular season win.

Ford, playing on the 4-7 Kilgore team, was selected by the conference’s coaches as the 2009 Southwest Junior College Football Conference MVP. He finished with 34 catches for 571 yards and three touchdowns on the season.

“Cam and that whole Blinn team were so good,” Ford told Markazi. “I was just trying to get an all-conference selection at tight end and I ended up winning MVP. I was like, ‘Hey, I’ll take it.’ I got jabs from friends and family about how I won the MVP over Cam, but in all honestly, he should have won the MVP.”

Newton (6-5, 245) and Ford (6-6, 255) both look the part, though their football careers have veered apart. Newton went on to earn a scholarship with the Auburn Tigers, becoming the No. 1-overall pick in the 2011 draft and will play in his first Super Bowl on Sunday for the Carolina Panthers. Ford signed on with the University of Miami and went undrafted in 2012, having spent most of his four NFL seasons so far with the Vikings.

Ford has appeared in all 20 of his NFL games with the Vikings, when injuries limited Kyle Rudolph during the 2013 and 2014 seasons. Ford made five starts and has 34 catches for 391 yards and a touchdown in his young professional career. He initially made the Vikings’ 53-man roster last season before he was waived to make room for cornerback Josh Robinson in November. The Vikings quickly re-signed Ford to the practice squad, where he didn’t even last a week before the Baltimore Ravens signed him to their active roster.

Like his release from the Vikings, Ford said he took that September 2009 defeat to Newton’s Blinn College in stride.

“I remember talking to him right after the game,” Ford told Markazi. “And we both had good games, and he was like, ‘Damn, I thought they were going to have to put me in to guard you.’ And I just told him, ‘You would have had a hard time doing it, too.’”

The post That time former Vikings TE Chase Ford was named a juco MVP over Cam Newton appeared first on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.

Source:: 1500 ESPN Sportswire

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