He was also a hell of a College Football player, in the era before Professional Football seemed like much of a career option. According to Wikipedia:
Ford lost his battle to win a real election to the Presidency, at least in part, when he claimed that Poland wasn't behind the Iron Curtain during a debate with Jimmy Carter. Already battling claims that he wasn't intellectually capable to hold the post, and facing severe backlash for pardoning many of the major Watergate figures, including his appointer, Richard Nixon, he lost the Presidency in pretty good fashion.
Attending the University of Michigan as an undergraduate, Ford became the center for the school's football team and helped the Wolverines to undefeated seasons in 1932 and 1933. His number 48 jersey has since been retired by the
At Michigan, Ford was a member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity and washed dishes at his fraternity house to earn money to pay for college expenses.
While at Michigan, Ford turned down contract offers from the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers of the National Football League following his graduation in 1935 in order to attend law school. As part of the 1935 Collegiate All-Star football team, Ford played against the Chicago Bears in an exhibition game at Soldier Field.
While we here at I Dislike Your Favorite Team don't hold to the notion that Football Players are somehow more manly than other types of men, it does seem appropriate to remind everyone that our current President was once a buffoon with a bullhorn, mindlessly cheering for his side (and yes, this was before he was elected! ZING!)
Also not to draw comparisons, but Gerald Ford, when war broke out, volunteered for service in the Navy in 1942, and then asked for combat work in 1943, in the Pacific.
But the Texas Air National Guard was important in the Vietnam War. Just as important as carriers in the Pacific in 1943, we're sure.