Texas honors Ford – Sports – Brief Article
TEXAS HONORS FORD: Former Texas guard and current Milwaukee Bucks player T.J. Ford (l) accepts his framed No. 11 jersey from University of Texas athletic director Deloss Dodds during halftime of the Longhorns’ 66-37 win over Oklahoma in Austin, TX. Ford, who left school after his sophomore season for the NBA, became the first Longhorn basketball player to have his number retired. The star point guard won the Naismith and Wooden awards as the nation’s best player last year and led the Longhorns to the team’s first Final Four since 1947. Ford choked up during the ceremony that drew a standing ovation from the crowd of 12,370. He wiped his eyes after a giant banner with his name and number was presented among the championship flags hanging in the rafters at the Frank Erwin Center. “It’s something that means a lot to me and my family,” Ford said. “It’s a goal I put at the top of my list when I was here.”
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