Auburn Sends Swag to Brit Female Dee Ford Mistaken for Tigers' Player

Alex SimsCorrespondent IIIFebruary 12, 2014

Auburn Athletic Director Jay Jacobs talks with reporters at Auburn University in Auburn, Ala., Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. Jacobs announced the firing of football coach Gene Chizik following a 3-8 season. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
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Defensive end Dee Ford was a major part of the Auburn Tigers' SEC Championship season and run to the national title game, so fans were quick to thank him for his contributions on Twitter.

Only one problem: Fans were often reaching out to the wrong Dee Ford. The War Eagle Reader caught a case of mistaken virtual identity, in which a British woman also named Dee Ford received a tsunami of congratulations from Auburn fans (h/t Tyler Moorehead, College Spun).

The English Dee Ford, a self-described "boring surveyor from Kent," has a very similar Twitter handle (@Dee_Ford) to Auburn's Ford (@Dee_Ford_).

A major source of the confusion came in January, when Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs mentioned the wrong Dee Ford in a Tweet after the Senior Bowl.

After the typo, Jacobs showed some impressive business savvy, taking the opportunity to add another member to the "Auburn Family."

He sent a care package of Auburn gear to Ford, as well as a letter of apology. Jacobs wrote that he was glad to have another Tigers fan across the Atlantic Ocean.

Ford seemed thrilled to be accepted into the Auburn Family, tweeting the program's "War Eagle" rally cry. She even changed her background to feature the school's logo.

Auburn's Dee Ford led the team with 14.5 tackles for a loss, 10.5 sacks, 17 quarterback hurries and two forced fumbles. He could be a first-round pick in the upcoming NFL draft.

If the American Ford is as successful at the next level, the British one might have another fan base blowing up her Twitter feed.