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).
@dee_ford well hello dee ford— Dee Ford (@dee_ford_) February 7, 2014
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."
@dee_ford Sorry for the mistaken identity. Glad to have a new member of the Auburn Family across the pond, though. (1 of 2)— Jay Jacobs (@jayjacobsauad) January 26, 2014
@dee_ford Message me with your address and I'll ship you some Auburn gear. Welcome to the family! (2 of 2)— Jay Jacobs (@jayjacobsauad) January 26, 2014
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.