Skip to content

Martha Ford inherits the Lions, Bill Ford Jr. remains vice chairman

ford AP

Martha Ford, the widow of William Clay Ford Sr., will inherit the Detroit Lions. Their son Bill Ford Jr. will remain the team’s vice chairman.

The Lions announced on Monday, a day after the death of Ford Sr., that Martha Ford will inherit controlling interest in the team.

“Pursuant to long-established succession plans, Mr. Ford’s controlling interest in Lions passes to Mrs. Martha Ford. She and her four children will continue to be involved in the ownership of the franchise, as they have during Mr. Ford’s tenure,” the team said in a statement.

Bill Ford Jr., who has played an increasingly prominent role in the Lions, will likely be the public face of team ownership. The Lions are not expected to make any significant changes in the front office.

Permalink 19 Comments Feed for comments Latest Stories in: Detroit Lions, Home, Rumor Mill
19 Responses to “Martha Ford inherits the Lions, Bill Ford Jr. remains vice chairman”
  1. whatnojets says: Mar 10, 2014 11:49 AM

    That was quick!

  2. freeigwebuike says: Mar 10, 2014 11:54 AM

    1 playoff win in 53 years. They might want to involve somebody not named “Ford.”

  3. thestrategyexpert says: Mar 10, 2014 11:59 AM

    Well this time next year we will either be saying hooray everything worked out perfectly, otherwise we should start talking about those Front Office changes that never got made.

  4. guitarmaninks says: Mar 10, 2014 12:01 PM

    Quick? What part of ….“Pursuant to long-established succession plans, don’t you get?

  5. jjb0811 says: Mar 10, 2014 12:02 PM

    Hopefully they try more than he did.

  6. beardinals says: Mar 10, 2014 12:02 PM

    When a spouse dies, there really is no “inheritance” to the widow per se.

    When she dies, the estate plan comes into play for the childrens’ inheritance.

  7. telldatruth says: Mar 10, 2014 12:10 PM

    RIP Mr. WCF! You’ll forever be an icon in the state of Michigan

  8. raymondtx says: Mar 10, 2014 12:20 PM

    I wish I could inherit an nfl franchise. Must be nice!

  9. topcide says: Mar 10, 2014 12:22 PM

    freeigwebuike says:
    Mar 10, 2014 11:54 AM
    1 playoff win in 53 years. They might want to involve somebody not named “Ford.”
    ————————————————-

    because owners of teams in the most valuable sports league, with a stadium that bears their family name are usually quick to give their team away, especially when their family is literally entrenched in the fiber of the state of Michigan and the metro Detroit area.

    Hell, even the team colors are Ford blue.

  10. realnflmaster says: Mar 10, 2014 12:27 PM

    Wow. What a mistake!

  11. gjdodger2 says: Mar 10, 2014 12:28 PM

    telldatruth says:
    Mar 10, 2014 12:10 PM
    RIP Mr. WCF! You’ll forever be an icon in the states of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois.

    Fixed it for you.

  12. glac1 says: Mar 10, 2014 12:38 PM

    My condolences to the family…. I’ll keep you in my prayers..

  13. ravenswhat says: Mar 10, 2014 12:59 PM

    When asked to comment, Martha mentioned how much she liked the colors of the uniform.

  14. amgdds says: Mar 10, 2014 12:59 PM

    Any truth to the rumor Martha Ford is 23 years old?

  15. thelastpieceofcheese says: Mar 10, 2014 1:10 PM

    Martha is the Dawn Aponte of the lions.

  16. scoops1 says: Mar 10, 2014 1:23 PM

    …and now, Major League, the movie, comes to real life

    staring…The Detroit Lions

  17. surfinbird1 says: Mar 10, 2014 2:05 PM

    Time for a “Chevy”.

  18. mrlaloosh says: Mar 10, 2014 2:21 PM

    My white Bronco runs very well. Tnx, OJ

  19. lionsgonewild says: Mar 10, 2014 5:40 PM

    Keep buying tickets…….

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!