Detroit Lions Owners Dies At 88

By Jake Perrone - 21Alive
By Rachel Martin - 21Alive

Detroit Lions Owners Dies At 88

March 9, 2014 Updated Mar 9, 2014 at 11:53 PM EDT

DETROIT (21Alive) – The longtime owner of the Detroit Lions, William Clay Ford, Sr. passed away Saturday at the age of 88.

Ford, grandson of Ford Motor Company founder Henry Ford, purchased a controlling interest in the Lions for $4.5 million on Nov. 22, 1963, the very same day JFK was assassinated in Dallas.

Ford’s 50+ years as owner of the Lions saw the team move from playing games at Tiger Stadium, to the Pontiac Silverdome, to the indoor palace that now bares his family name, Ford Field.

However, the Lions are one of the few franchises during that era not to play in a Super Bowl. It’s assumed controlling interest of the team will go to ford's son, Bill Ford, Jr.

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