Martha Firestone Ford steps down as Lions prinicipal owner

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Martha Firestone Ford became the principal owner of the Lions when her husband William Clay Ford died in 2014, but her run in the role has come to an end.

The Lions announced on Tuesday that Ford is stepping down as the team’s principal owner and chairman. Her daughter Sheila Ford Hamp will take over both roles under a plan that was established some time ago.

“My mother has inspired all of us since taking on leadership of the Lions over six years ago,” Hamp said in a statement. “She has been a tireless leader to our family, our team and our community. Her smart decisions have given me a solid foundation to take the team forward. On behalf of the family and the team, I want to thank her for her countless contributions. I look forward to leading the Lions to excellence on and off the field.”

Hamp had served as one of the team’s vice chairmen since her mother took over as the owner. She also serves on the NFL’s Super Bowl and Major Events Committee.

12 responses to “Martha Firestone Ford steps down as Lions prinicipal owner

  1. Martha was in her 90s. It was time to step down. Now it’s time to see if the younger generation of Fords can do their part in guiding their organization to a Super Bowl championship.

  2. barnwhipple69 says:
    June 23, 2020 at 10:27 am
    Martha was in her 90s. It was time to step down. Now it’s time to see if the younger generation of Fords can do their part in guiding their organization to a Super Bowl championship.
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    lol as a shareholder i’d prefer if the fords could get their share price back up and reinstate their dividend…then focus on that team that stinks every year

  3. Well, the Ford men made a mess of it for 5 plus decades, let’s see what Sheila can do…can’t possibly be worse.

  4. The Fords need to stick with automobiles and country music … a football team never was their thing, yet the Bobby Layne Curse may affect any new ownership.

  5. A Super Bowl run by the Lions won’t happen under Matt Patricia. As a matter of fact, it probably won’t happen under Matthew Stafford either.

  6. joshgordonsbong says:
    June 23, 2020 at 10:34 am
    barnwhipple69 says:
    June 23, 2020 at 10:27 am
    Martha was in her 90s. It was time to step down. Now it’s time to see if the younger generation of Fords can do their part in guiding their organization to a Super Bowl championship.
    ……………………………………………………………………….
    lol as a shareholder i’d prefer if the fords could get their share price back up and reinstate their dividend…then focus on that team that stinks every yea

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    And as a life long Michigan resident, son of a retired 30 year Ford manager, and Grandson of a 30 year retired Ford Accountant I would like to remind you that Ford Motor Company does not own the Detroit Lions

  7. firejerry says:
    June 23, 2020 at 12:03 pm
    Younger generation…..LOL…….Sheila is 70…..LOL!!!

    In NFL Owners’ terms, that IS young.

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