Bay Area Sporting Heroes Ted Ginn, Darren Ford Have Track Rivalry


From Andrew Baggarly, San Francisco Giants beat writer for the San Jose Mercury News:

Giants outfielder Darren Ford was interested to hear that the 49ers’ Ted Ginn Jr​. returned a kickoff and a punt for touchdowns Sunday. The two faced off in a national indoor meet in high school in the 200 meters.

“I beat him by a tenth of a second,” Ford said.

Ford, nicknamed “The Bullet,” was an instrumental pinch runner in the Giants’ 2010 stretch run that ultimately led to a World Series title.  Ford ran indoor track for Vineland-South High in Vineland, N.J. in between football and baseball seasons.

Ginn had a much more accomplished prep track career during his time at Glenville High School in Cleveland, Ohio.  Ginn won two 110 meter hurdle state titles and recorded the nation’s fastest time in 2004 (13.26 seconds, +2.8 meter per second tailwind).

Ted Ginn on his way to winning the 2004 Ohio State Meet (Gary Housteau/Bucknuts)