Recently the following item from 2015 caught my eye:
Chiefs Linebackers Tour the American Jazz Museum with Local High School Football Team
Before the tour had even begun at the American Jazz Museum Wednesday afternoon, linebacker Dee Ford, already very familiar with the building, made his way to an area of it called the “Blue Room.”
The “Blue Room,” while honoring the history of Kansas City jazz with several exhibitions in it, also serves as an active club to this day.
Inside of it, next to a stage, sits a piano.
Ford, of course, couldn’t resist.
“I always do that,” he said. “Any time I see a piano, I touch it.”
As has been well documented, one of Ford’s favorite off-the-field activities is playing piano, which he believes has multiple benefits.
“It’s another level of skill that I can actually take to the field,” he explained. “That’s one thing that actually mentally helps me pick up defenses … It’s relaxing, but at the same time, it’s still another level of knowledge, another level of brain power that you have because it’s hard.”
I’ve discussed during this series how impossible it is to excel at both football and music simultaneously. Generally speaking, the music produced by active players confirms this. But the short video of Ford playing which accompanied the article intrigued me, and I decided to check him out.