Thursday Night Football is an Isaiah Ford Homecoming in Jacksonville
Former Virginia Tech wide receiver and current Miami Dolphins pass-catcher Isaiah Ford will be featured in Thursday Night Football this week, as the 'Phins head to Jacksonville to take on the Gardner Minshew-led Jacksonville Jaguars.
While Ford is one of several pro Hokies to keep an eye out for on a weekly basis in the NFL, this week's match-up for Ford and Miami with Jacksonville offers a bit more intrigue than others.
That's because it's a homecoming affair for Ford, who is a Jacksonville native.
Prior to becoming one of the most decorated wide receivers in school history for Virginia Tech, Ford starred at Trinity Christian Academy at the high school level, where he earned a high 3-star designation from 247Sports and was recruited heavily to play college football.
Ford ultimately chose Virginia Tech, where he emerged as one of the best pass-catchers in the ACC. Ford hauled in 210 receptions in his three seasons with the Hokies for 2,967 yards and 24 touchdowns. Ford parlayed his successful three-year collegiate career into a budding pro career, where he has worked his way up from a late-round selection and practice squad player to a rotational receiver with the Miami Dolphins. His role in 2020 is his largest yet, as he has hauled in nine receptions for 89 yards in Miami's first two games of the season. Ford has found himself on the field in several three-receiver sets for the Dolphins throughout the early portion of this NFL season.
Ford's trek from high school star in Jacksonville to eventual NFL receiver has been quite the journey. Ford highlighted what it means to him to be able to go home to Duval County and play in his hometown on the Miami Dolphins' official Twitter account earlier this week.
Ford and the Dolphins will look to notch their first win of the season against the Jags on Thursday night, with kickoff set for 8:20. Here's hoping Ford's homecoming is a successful one for both himself and the team.