Ford named Living Legend by sportswriters

RADNOR Former Villanova University basketball player Chris Ford will receive this year's Living Legend award at the 111th annual banquet of the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association.

The banquet is scheduled for Jan. 16 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Cherry Hill.

Ford, a native of Atlantic City, played for Villanova from 1969 to 1972 and helped lead the Wildcats to the NCAA championship game against UCLA in 1971.

He averaged 13.8 points and 5.8 rebounds per game that season, and set a school record of 238 assists that still stands. He finished his Villanova career with 1,433 points and ranks 21st in school history in scoring.

The Wildcats were 65-21 during Ford's three-year career and reached the NCAA tournament all three seasons.

Ford went on to an 11-year NBA career with the Detroit Pistons and Boston Celtics, winning a championship ring with the Celtics in 1981. He later became an NBA head coach for eight seasons, including a stint with the 76ers as interim head coach in 2004. He is a member of the Villanova and Big Five halls of fame, and his number, 42, has been retired by Villanova.

The PSWA dinner is open to the public. Tickets are $95 and available at

- Inquirer staff