Martha Firestone Ford steps down as principal owner of Lions
The Detroit Lions are undergoing a change with their ownership group heading into the 2020 season, as Martha Firestone Ford is stepping down from her role as principal owner of the team.
The Lions announced on Tuesday that Ford will step aside and her daughter, Sheila Ford Hamp, will assume the role of principal owner and chairman.
Martha Firestone Ford to step down as principal owner of Detroit Lions
Sheila Ford Hamp to succeed mother as team’s principal owner and chairman pic.twitter.com/HU0FehT0WO
— Detroit Lions (@Lions) June 23, 2020
Martha Ford, 94, has acted as the chairman of the Lions since 2014, when her husband William died. William Clay Ford had been the sole owner of the Lions since 1963.
The Lions have never won a championship under the Ford family’s ownership. They have won four titles as a franchise, with their last coming in 1957 before the AFL-NFL merger.