Cypress, TX News – Keith Ford Encourages Elementary Students During Yeager Visit

Cypress, TX News (January 13, 2014) – University of Oklahoma running back and Cypress Ranch High School alumnus Keith Ford visited Yeager Elementary School on Friday to encourage, motivate and answer questions for students in pre-K through fifth grades.

Ford, who concluded his freshman season with the Sooners in a 45-31 win over Alabama in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 2, returned to Cypress to visit the school where his mother, Mary Ford, teaches pre-K students.

Oklahoma running back and former Cypress Ranch player Keith Ford meets Yeager Elementary School principal Susan Brenz as his mother, Mary Ford, looks on.

Oklahoma running back and former Cypress Ranch player Keith Ford meets Yeager Elementary School principal Susan Brenz as his mom, Mary Ford, looks on.

Yeager principal Susan Brenz said the visit coincided with “Yeager University,” an initiative to help prepare students for college. Each Yeager classroom is decorated in a different college’s colors and logos to generate excitement about the future. Ford first paid a visit to fourth-grade students in Lacey Thibodeaux’s University of Oklahoma-themed classroom.

“My dad always taught me to do my work,” Ford told the students. “Being at OU made me realize you have to sacrifice a lot. You have to train yourself before you get to college to be on time, do all the work and study for tests.”

Ford answered various questions from the students including, “What’s your favorite touchdown dance?” He answered, “I just look up in the stands and point at my mom.”

Ford said he enjoyed the time spent mentoring the Yeager students.

“I was there once in my life,” he said. “I’m just giving back, telling them the things they have to do and the sacrifices they need to make to be successful.”

Brenz said the students were drawn to Ford while he spoke to them.

“You can definitely see the respect,” she said. “He’s a true role model with the way he engaged them. He helped them understand that he has made mistakes too, but he knew how to turn around and fix them. His emphasis on hard work was exactly what our students needed to hear–in the classroom and on the field.”