DETROIT (AP) — 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.
William Clay Ford died Sunday. The 88-year-old Ford was the last surviving grandchild of automotive pioneer Henry Ford.
“Pursuant to long-established succession plans, Mr. Ford’s controlling interest in the Lions passes to Mrs. Martha Ford,” the Lions said Monday. “She and her four children will continue to be involved in the ownership of the franchise, as they have during Mr. Ford’s tenure.”
William Clay Ford Jr. remains in his role as vice chairman of the Lions.