Chiefs cornerback Charvarius Ward’s path from wheelchair to mama’s boy to the NFL



January 18, 2019 - 3:18 PM

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin pulls in a one-handed catch past the defense of Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Charvarius Ward late in the fourth quarter to put the Seahawks in position to win, 38-31, on Dec. 23, 2018, at CenturyLink Field in Seattle. John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS

At the moment this wild journey began, the boy lying behind his mother on the tan couch in apartment A1-1 in a small Mississippi town may have been the least likely future NFL cornerback in the entire state. His mother would have thought so.

Dedrick Johnson was an assistant coach at McComb High and had just come in to drop off Charvoun Ward after practice one day. Johnson saw Charvoun’s younger but bigger brother and asked if he might want to play ball.

Tanya Ward looked behind her at her second son, Charvarius, and laughed.

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