Raiders have big plans for Jacoby Ford


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Pos: WR   Height: 5-9   Weight: 175   Hometown: Royal Palm Beach, FL (Cardinal Newman HS)  
Years Played: 2006 - 2009

From Mercury News:

It was a Saturday afternoon in Fork Union, Va., and Jacoby FordJacoby Ford
Wide Receiver
#6 5-9, 175
Royal Palm Beach, FL

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had bigger things on his mind than his own prep school football game. He was wanting to be 25 miles up the road, on his way with older brother Davy to watch Florida State face Virginia.

So John Shuman, the football coach at Fork Union Military Academy, made Ford a deal.

"If you take the first punt to the house, you can wave at me as you go to the locker room and get out of here," Shuman recalled. "Sure enough, midway through his first punt return, he was waving at me as he ran past, he jumped in the car with his brother."

Ford has put on more than 20 pounds since he was a 168-pound prep school playmaker, but he still has the extra gear that makes quick getaways a frequent reality. He hopes to put those tools to use when the Raiders open the season Monday night against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

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