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/Thangkfəl/ adjective. Appreciative, filled with gratitude. Pleased and relieved.

Next to the word-thankful in the dictionary should be a picture of Melek Ford. The reputation of his squad preceded Melek-Ford-4him, the 2015 St. Petersburg Silver Raiders, all year long, gave were the team to watch. I recently got to see some of their players at the BCP Flight 150. The Pop Warner champion, Silver Raiders has thumped their way all over the state and country.  This talent 8th grade all-star maybe the most polished route runner in the bay; his pass catching ability sets him apart in all the West Central Florida area.

Sam Ford, Melek’s father says,”since he was three years old, I knew he would be above average, because he was disciplined and determined.” To which I replied “Wait a minute Mr. Ford, did you say three?” Speaking with Melek you get a snapshot of a humble, grateful person who is quick to mention all the people around him who contribute to his success. Melek mentioned Dewey Paxon, Bruce Jackson, TJ Chase, Shavon Ford, Sherman Armstrong, Ray Ray McCloud and Gerold Dickens among others.

When speaking of this young man as one of the best, he has the film and hardware to back up the talk !  On Espn 3, that’s Melek catching the game winner, on a corner-route pass from his quarterback at the Pop Warner National Championship. Thanks Bruce Jackson! Entering his freshman year at Tampa Catholic, this young man already has his sights on Clemson. Thanks T.J. Chase and Ray Ray for the motivation! This young man’s favorite subject is history and he makes it his business to learn something new daily. He especially likes reading defenses, thanks dad!


When he is away from the books, he is training at VAST.  Working on his hands and speed, you will find Melek putting a hurting on the ladder. Thanks coach Sherman! How about this fun fact:  Melek has more Super Bowls and Championships than many youth football coaches. Thanks coach Dewey! When Melek is done training, he puts his talents on display across the country as part of the Nextlevel Academy. Thanks coach Dickens! Melek is a blessed young man with an amazing support system. When asked, who would you like to give a special shout out to? He said, “my mother!”; her name is -S -h -a -v -o -n. Thanks Shavon Ford! This interview reminded me of a powerful saying, “In everything give thanks for this is the will of God concerning you.”

Thanks Melek Ford!

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