Haverford School's Shane Fordham has signed to play football for Hampton University. — SUBMITTED PHOTO

Haverford School’s Shane Fordham has signed to play football for Hampton University. — SUBMITTED PHOTO

Haverford School football standout Shane Fordham will be heading to Hampton University in the fall. Fordham, a 6-foot-1, 200-pound senior, will play for the Pirates. Hampton has one of the top historically Black colleges and universities (HBCU) programs in the country.

For many years, Hampton was in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. The Pirates are now in the Big South Conference. This will be Hampton’s first season playing football in the Big South Conference.

“I’m looking forward to starting off strong,” Fordham said. “I’m very excited about my upcoming academic and athletic career at Hampton University. I’m going to work as hard as I can to get started. It’s beautiful down there. The dorms are amazing. It’s a real family environment. It’s a great place to be.”

Fordham played some great football at Haverford School. A defensive end and outside linebacker, he was a terrific defensive player in the Inter-Ac League. He made a lot of open field tackles and was able to get plenty of pressure on the quarterback.

“Actually before high school, I started out playing offensive guard,” Fordham said. “Playing on the defensive side of the ball at outside linebacker, it took a little bit of getting use to at first. But when I started coming off that edge, it just started to come naturally.”

Fordham grew up playing youth league football in the city. He played for the West Philly Tar Heels. They play their games at Papa Playground, 68th Street and Lansdowne Avenue. The Tar Heels provided him with a good foundation.

“They helped me to be more aggressive in general,” Fordham said. “I hadn’t played football before. Football was new to me my first year there. I had never played football before. I had seen it on TV a few times with my dad when I was little.

“I think playing with the Tar Heels really taught me how to work and function and being a part of a team. It taught me that these are guys you play with and the bond that is created on those types of teams. They’re your brothers out there. Those relationships I still have today. Some of them actually went to Haverford with me. They taught me how to be a part of team, which is a good life skill. They really gave me the love for football, which grows every day.”

Fordham has a big summer ahead of him in preparing for his first year at Hampton.

“I’m really okay with playing anything,” Fordham said. “I’ll play any position they need me to. I definitely plan to get stronger.”

Fordham should be ready to play in the fall.

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