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Lions to wear patch honoring William Clay Ford

Three long-time and respected NFL owners have died in recent months, including Lions owner William Clay Ford.

The Lions will honor Ford in 2014 with a uniform patch bearing his initials, via Michael Rothstein of

Ford’s wife, Martha, now owns the team. Bill Ford, Jr. serves as the team’s vice-chairman.

As noted by Rothstein, Ford bought the team for $4.5 million on November 22, 1963. A date that is far better known for a much different reason.

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  1. thestrategyexpert says: Jul 22, 2014 11:22 AM

    There was a great baseball movie called 51. Football should hog away some of that glory and come up with their own fantastic story regarding 51. It’s been 51 years since that national tragedy and the beginning of the Ford era so the most fitting honor would be for this year to be the year that the Lions turn the page to a completely different future for the next 51 years, a future based on domination and winning, starting with a Super Bowl title in the inauguration year. It’s time to win now.

  2. thestrategyexpert says: Jul 22, 2014 11:24 AM

    Wait that was 61, whoops! Oh well let’s win anyhow.

  3. adolfoliverbush says: Jul 22, 2014 11:32 AM

    William Clay Ford was a classy individual. Hope the Lions can go out and win a Super Bowl in his honor.

  4. blowtorch1964 says: Jul 22, 2014 11:33 AM

    Do you get a prize if you know the significance of the date?

  5. lionsfan2014 says: Jul 22, 2014 11:41 AM

    To be crass, at least JFK never had to see the disaster the Lions had been under WCF.

  6. britishteeth says: Jul 22, 2014 11:48 AM

    Change the C to a T and you’ve just summed up the lions franchise.

  7. chawkup says: Jul 22, 2014 1:23 PM

    For every other year of the Lions’ existence, they should wear a patch with “WTF”.

  8. poorcalvinisstuckonthecrappylions says: Jul 22, 2014 2:08 PM

    This organization is the most pathetic in the North.

    They copy the Bears uniform style (GHS). They wish they were as good as the Vikings and they always bend over for the Packers. Their fans are a bunch of clowns and the team just sucks beyond belief.

    Lions will be lucky to get 7 wins this season, finishing in their usual pathetic 3rd or 4th place in the division and out of playoff contention.

    Lions only fight for 3rd place, never for 1st or 2nd.

  9. chris1cat says: Jul 22, 2014 2:09 PM

    My eight year old could come up with a much more creative patch than that! Did the Lions orginization just throw that thing together right before the presser?

  10. idpfantasyfootball says: Jul 22, 2014 2:24 PM

    Did Ford really buy the team on 11/22/63, or has there been a 50+ year cover-up as in the case of the removal of JFK?

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