ANNISTON, AL -
"I didn't want to go to New York," former Auburn defensive end Dee Ford said. "I don't know what's in New York. I wanted to be here."
Surrounded by family and friends in Anniston nightclub "Ambitions", the celebration is joyous.
It's more than football.
It's a celebration of many family accomplisments.
"This is bigger than me," Ford said. "I am who I am because of y'all."
But football is the ultimate goal.
The picks kept rolling by, Alabama's Ha Ha Clinton-Dix at No. 21 to Green Bay, Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel at No. 22 to Cleveland, then No. 23 came around.
That's when Ford's phone rang in the back room. On the other end Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid.
Ford immediately ran out to the party, got on stage, and put his phone on speaker for all to hear.
"What's going on coach?"
"I'm doing good," Reid said. "You healthy?"
"I'm healthy," Ford replied.
"You ready to roll?" Reid said. "Ready to roll," Ford said.
"Can you play a little outside 'backer?" Reid said "We going to do it," said Ford.
"How are the hands?"
"We got the only piano-playing classic pianst outside linebacker in the National Football League," Reid said. "Yes sir, the best one."
Then Ford talked briefly with team owner Lamar Hunt, and defensive coordinator Bob Sutton.
"We like to get after this quarterback, okay?" Sutton said. "We have some good ones in this division. Peyton, we face him twice. Philip Rivers, next year we got Tom Brady to throw in there on the side. We need some guys to go get him."