Opelika running back shines in return from injury

Opelika running back shines in return from injury

OPELIKA, AL (WTVM) - Weldrin Ford likes to do interviews while holding a football.

"I just feel more comfortable with the ball in my hands," he said. 

And Opelika's comfortable giving it to him. The senior running back has 476 yards and 11 touchdowns in the first five games for the Bulldogs.

"Every time I touch the ball it's just the best feeling because I haven't touched it in so long and I haven't felt the impact," Ford said.

It's a dream season, that came after a nightmare situation. Ford's back after being sidelined with a knee injury against Central way back in 20-14. 

"I strained my ACL, tore my PCL, my LCL and strained my MCL," Ford said.

His future in jeopardy, Ford never gave up and came back better than before.

"I just felt like everything was over when I got hurt, but I had a lot of positive influence around me so it made me grind even harder and I just worked my tail off until I could get back here and I thought about this moment, I've been waiting for it," Ford said. 

Head coach Brian Blackmon saw firsthand how much Ford had to overcome. 

"We've got a kid that was told he might never play football again, and not only is he playing, he's playing at a high level for us," Blackmon said. "It's really fun to see good things happen to guys who had to go through what he has."

He's been through two surgeries, and spent two years on the sidelines, making this return even sweeter. 

"It feels like heaven," Ford said. "It feels like a holiday every day." 

Every day a holiday, every game a gift, and every Friday a celebration. 

Opelika faces Central in our Sports Overtime Game of the Week. We'll have the highlights Friday night at 11 eastern on News Leader 9.
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