(This is the intro I wrote for Ford's goodbye letter to the Ateneo community.)
In his first year as an Atenean, his team went to the UAAP Finals in 2003 where they were upset by a hungry FEU team. It was both a high and low. In the space of a year, he won a championship with San Beda before nearly winning it again with Ateneo.
The space between is one of highs and lows with his ACL injury curtailing his blossoming into a go-to player. But history has a habit of going full circle.
In his final year, he went from seeing his team bomb out of the Final Four where his season-long brilliance should have merited him at the very least a Mythical Five selection to closing out his years in blue with a championship.
He's got a wide smile that breaks out even now as a new chapter in his life is beginning.
Read Ford Arao's thank you letter to the Ateneo community at www.ateneo.edu or paste the link in your browser.