Thugs, murderers, wife beaters, drug traffickers, dog fight enthusiasts, strip club parking lot shooters.....the list can go on for days. In this series of posts, I hope to let you, our beloved readers, become acquainted with some of the more infamous members of the professional athlete community. The focus will be on lesser known players, as posts about OJ Simpson and Rae Carruth are probably not going to provide you with anything you don't already know.
So let me introduce you to Mr. Cole Ford, former kicker for the Oakland Raiders:
Ford graduated from the University of Southern California, and was drafted in the 7th Round of the 1995 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was later released and signed with the Raiders, who he stayed with for the balance of his NFL career. He went on to have a fairly decent rookie season, going 8 for 9 in field goal attempts and 17 of 18 in extra points in 1995. His second year was even better, playing in all 16 games, and connecting on 24 of 31 field goals and all 36 of his extra point tries.
Then the wheels came off. In his third season, Ford went a paltry 13 of 22 in his field goal attempts for the season, for an NFL low conversion percentage of 59.1%. He was released by the Raiders following this subpar season. (The Raiders beat the odds by later drafting Sebastian Jankikowski, but we can leave that until another day.)
After his release, Ford decided to take his life in a new direction, focusing less on kicking footballs through the uprights, and more on making sure that the world knew about the danger presented by these two men:
No, I didn't accidentally post Siegfried and Roy....they were the focus of Ford's delusional rage, brought on by his unmedicated descent into paranoid schizophreniza. On September 21, 2004, Ford pulled up in front of the home of the illusionists, and opened fire with his shotgun. The blasts caused a number of holes in the wall in front of the home, and shattered a number of windows. Nobody was injured, and apparently the attack tigers were too busy being hand massaged by Roy to be bothered with mauling Ford to death.
A manhunt ensued after witnesses provided the police with Ford's license plate number, and he was later arrested, but not after being profiled on America's Most Wanted.
A picture of him during a courtroom appearance:
He was later deemed incompetent to stand trial by a Nevada judge, and was ordered to attend counseling in order to treat his mental health problem. My prediction? He goes off of his meds and smokes Cris Angel. I could be wrong though.
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