A 19-year-old college football player passed away this weekend.
Itawamba Community College in Mississippi confirmed last night that one of its players, safety Zion Ford, passed away this weekend.
Ford, 19, played in six games last season as a freshman. He recorded six tackles.
“Our hearts go out to Zion’s family,” ICC coach Sean Cannon said in a press release. “Not only was Zion a great teammate, he was a great kid away from the game of football. Like everyone that knew him, we are hurting and ask that everyone keep his family in their prayers during this difficult time.”
There have been no additional details released regarding Ford’s death.
“On behalf of our administration, coaches and student-athletes, we want to express our condolences to Zion’s family and friends,” ICC president Dr. Jay Allen said. “We are working with our team and coaches to help them through this unfortunate process. Zion had an obvious impact on his teammates and the institution. The team and coaching staff are brokenhearted.”
Twitter was flooded with tributes to Ford.
— Itawamba Community College Football (@iccfootball) February 12, 2018
Zion Ford was so much more than an athlete or a friend.. he was an amazing human with a shining personality that always knew how to make someone smile. please keep his friends, family, and teammates in your prayers. this will be the toughest time ever 💔
— bailie (@BaiCat00) February 12, 2018
My thoughts & prayers go out to the family & friends of Zion Ford with his passing. His smile and personality I will never forget. #LLZF
— Marcus Windham (@Coach_Windham) February 11, 2018
My heart goes out to Zion Ford’s family during this tragic time. Please be with his family and friends. Also be in prayer for our players and coaches as we go through this tough time together. #LLZF
— Coach Sean Cannon (@coachcannon97) February 12, 2018
R.I.P to a falling soldier,you was pose to go d1 with me bro,watch over the guys bro we love you ☝🏾💯💔 Zion Ford pic.twitter.com/8HNzzOcNQc
— Tyrese Quinn (@tyrese_quinn16) February 12, 2018
Thoughts and prayers to the ICC and Caledonia families on the passing of football player Zion Ford … He was a wonderful young man to cover .. talented player, even better person
— Scott Walters (@scottwaltersmsu) February 12, 2018
Our thoughts and prayers are with Zion Ford’s family and friends, as well as, the @LetsGoICC family.
— EMCC_ResLife (@EMCC_ResLIfe) February 12, 2018
Our thoughts and prayers are with Ford’s family and friends.
May he rest in peace.