5x All-Pro DL-Kristopher Ford back for 2023
The Erie Express are pleased to announce the return of 5x All-Pro DL-Kristopher Ford (Portland, HS) for the 2023 season. Kris begins his second season with the Express and returns as one of our starters on the defensive line. Last season Kris played a major role in our finishing the season undefeated and GDFL National Champions. Kris also helped us kick off the 2022 season with a victory in the USA Bowl Summer Division National Championship Game.
This past season season we were crowned USA Bowl Summer Division National Champions, won our Division in the GDFL for the fourth year in a row and qualified for the GDFL National Playoffs for the seventh year in a row. In January of 2023 we headed to Daytona Beach, FL to face the Minneapolis Warriors in the USA Bowl Summer Division National Championship Game. (17-20 loss) The above mentioned team accolades, Kris had a direct hand in making possible.
In 2021 Kris recorded 35 total tackles including a team high 16 sacks. Ford finished the regular season ranked 2nd in the GDFL with 12 sacks then recorded 4 more during the playoffs to end up leading the league. Kris added 19 tackles for loss for -113yds of offense, recorded 2 fumble recoveries and 1 caused fumble. For his efforts he earned GDFL All-Pro accolades as well as being named Express Defensive Newcomer of the Year.
Ford is a graduate of Portland High School (CT) and is originally from Brooklyn, NY. Kris now calls Warren, OH home and is no stranger to this level of football. Ford is an 8yr veteran having played for the Mahoning Valley Tigers, Giants and Scourge.
Kristopher has been selected All-Pro 4x and has a league title under his belt. The DAY AFTER surgery, Kris helped lead the Ohio Silverbacks to the PAFL T2 Championship and an eventual appearance in a National Bowl Game.
"Kris has a great team first mentality. His desire to improve every week coupled with his championship winning experience makes him one of the most dangerous defenders in the nation. Kris has proved himself on the national stage multiple times and is a player that must be accounted for every week. We are blessed to have him back on board with us and are expecting a great season from him in 2023"-Director of Operations Paul Pennington.
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Welcome back on board the PAINTRAIN Kristopher! GO EXPRESS!