Casady’s Ford Watkins – Character Counts Presented by Eskridge Honda

By Travis Sloat

Ford Watkins, a 17-year-old senior at Casady High School, said a farm injury left him with a severe hand injury, which resulted in missing two years of high school sports. Watkins hasn’t let injury stop him from enjoying the sport he’s grown up loving, in addition to a few others.

“I fell in love with football because it was a kind of staple in my family,” Watkins said. “I also always grew up as a bigger kid. Because of this, I thought it was fun at an early age.”

The Cyclone guard and defensive tackle does not limit himself to the football field, though. He also suits up for the basketball, baseball, and golf teams, and has thrown the shot put and discus. He is also involved in band.

Watkins knows the younger players look up to him, and he said he feels like it’s important to be an example to them both on and off the field.

“It doesn’t stop on the field,” he said. “It’s in the locker room and at school too. I remember all the guys who were inspiring and good examples to me, so hopefully I’m remembered that way as well. I think it’s about both persevering in everything you do and being kind to everyone you meet.”

In his free time, Watkins said he likes to watch sports, play video games, and watch movies. After high school, he plans on going to Davidson in North Carolina, where he plans to study political science and economics, as well as walk on to the football team.