Allen Park, Mich. The Detroit Lions announced today that Martha Firestone Ford, who has led the Lions since 2014, has decided to depart from his primary leadership role with the team.
According to the team’s established plan, Ms. Ford’s daughter, Sheila Ford Hamp, succeeded her mother as the main owner and president of the team. Ms. Hamp has been active in team leadership and the activities of the National Football League for several years in preparation to officially assume leadership of the team.
“It has been a great honor for our family to be associated with the Lions and the National Football League. I am pleased that this family tradition, which my husband and I started nearly six decades ago, will continue under Sheila’s guidance. It is clear to I think Sheila will provide excellent leadership and is fully committed to competitive excellence and community involvement. “
“My mother has inspired us all since we assumed leadership of the Lions more than six years ago. She has been a tireless leader for our family, our team, and our community. Her smart decisions have given me a solid foundation to take to the team forward. On behalf of the family and team, I want to thank you for your countless contributions. I look forward to leading Lions to excellence on and off the field. “