Ford’s widow to take over as Lions’ owner

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Ford’s widow to take over as Lions’ owner

Martha Ford will take over her late husband’s controlling interest in the Detroit Lions, keeping the team within the family after a half-century under the leadership of William Clay Ford, who died Sunday. The 88-year-old Ford was the last surviving grandchild of automotive pioneer Henry Ford.

William Clay Ford Jr. remains in his role as vice chairman of the Lions.

“I truly believe they want to win, they’ll do what it takes to win,” Jason Hanson, who was Detroit’s kicker from 1992-2012, said in a conference call Monday. “The people underneath them, frankly, from players up, have been disappointing for them.”

Hanson’s comments reflected the regret some players have felt over the team’s inability to sustain any sort of significant success under the Fords.

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