Gerald R. Ford

Early Life and Family

Why did Ford decide against playing professional football?

Ford turned down offers from the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers because he wanted to study law. He applied repeatedly to Yale Law School. Though rejected, Ford kept applying and eventually gained admission in 1938. Before gaining admission to Yale Law School, he worked at Yale as an assistant football coach and a boxing coach. He graduated from Yale Law School in January 1941 and gained admission to the Michigan bar in June 1941.

President Ford with First Lady Betty Ford and daughter Susan Ford at a Christmas Party at the White House.


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