Detroit Lions owner and chairman William Clay Ford Sr. has died of pneumonia at his home, team president Tom Lewand announced Sunday. Ford was 88.
Ford, the last surviving grandson of Henry Ford. He purchased the Lions in 1963 for a reported $6 million.
“No owner loved his team more than Mr. Ford loved the Lions,” Lewand said in a statement. “Those of us who had the opportunity to work for Mr. Ford knew of his unyielding passion for his family, the Lions and the city of Detroit. His leadership, integrity, kindness, humility and good humor were matched only by his desire to bring a Super Bowl championship to the Lions and to our community. Each of us in the organization will continue to relentlessly pursue that goal in his honor.”
This will be a huge loss for the Lions family, but I think the team is finally on the right path with Jim Caldwell.
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