Former Virginia Tech Hokie football star, Ernest Wilford, is no longer making plays on the field, but he continues to do great things, serving his community, as a police officer.
Wilford played at VPI from 2000-2003 when the Hokies were still part of the Big East conference. During his time with the Hokies Wilford appeared in 51 games and caught 127 passes for 2061 yards. His college career average was 16.3 yards per catch with 11 total TDs. He was named to the 2002 Second-team All-Big East squad, and in 2003 was named to the First-team All-Big East squad.
Wilford was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars with the 120th pick during the fourth round of the 2004 NFL Draft. Ernest played in the NFL for seven total seasons. Six with the Jaguars and one with the Miami Dolphins. While with the Jags and the Dolphins he primarily played wide receiver, but also saw limited time as a tight end. During his professional career he played in 87 games, started 44, and hauled in 156 receptions. He averaged 13.8 yards per catch and caught 15 TDs. He was with the Jaguars for their 2005 and 2007 postseason efforts.
In 2015 Ernest Wilford joined the Jacksonville Florida Sherriff’s Department. Earlier today a photograph was posted by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office depicting Officer Wilford, in uniform, holding a Jacksonville Jaguars helmet as part of the department's Behind the Badge initiative.
We are real people just like you #BehindtheBadge. Meet #JSO Ofcr Ernest Wilford! https://t.co/KeFsR0JvMj #ilovejax pic.twitter.com/NEfI7tFaxK— Jax Sheriff's Office (@JSOPIO) April 11, 2016
It is fantastic to see that Mr. Wilford is doing well and has found a calling in law enforcement. We at Gobbler Country wish him well! Be safe officer, and thank you for your service to the community.