LA JOLLA, Calif.-- The Bishops School senior, Christian Ford, will play lacrosse on scholarship at the University of Michigan next year.
"Its just the perfect place for me," said Ford. "I cant wait to get there."
Ford declared as a sophomore, the night before his 16th birthday. Among the other choices were Harvard, Notre Dame, North Carolina, Duke, and Navy. In the end, Ford says he picked Michigan because he loved the campus and Lacrosse program. The fact that his grandfather, President Gerald Ford, attended Michigan was an added bonus that will allow Ford to carry on the family legacy.
"I'm going to be there representing the lacrosse program, my family, my grandfather and myself," said Ford. "I have to conduct myself knowing I am representing my grandfather and my family."
Ford says as the first grandson he and his grandfather shared a special bond, and he remembers days sitting on his grandfathers lap rooting on the Wolverines.
"I remember watching Michigan games together and not really knowing why I was rooting for Michigan other than that I was rooting for them," said Ford.
Aware of the family connection, Michigan offered Ford his lacrosse scholarship in his grandfathers school in front of a giant oil painting of President Ford.
"Inside I'm looking up and seeing my grandfather looking down at me and it was both awesome and intimidating," said Ford. "I'm pretty sure I look mortified in the picture. It was a lot to take in at one moment."
Christian will wear the number 48 at Michigan. The same number his grandfather wore for the maize and blue football program.
"Getting to be one of the few people to wear the number 48 is going to be great," said Ford. " I'll get to keep the tradition going but in a different sport. It's really great now knowing that when I get on campus I will be able to honor him by wearing his number which is retired in football but I get to keep his legacy going in lacrosse."