Martha Ford will take over as owner of the Detroit Lions, the Detroit Free Press reports.
Her husband, longtime owner William Clay Ford Sr., died Sunday. Bill Ford Jr. will remain as vice chairman will continue to play an integral role in the operation of the franchise.
“Pursuant to long-established succession plans, Mr. Ford’s controlling interest in the Lions passes to Mrs. Martha Ford,” the team said in a news release. “She and her four children will continue to be involved in the ownership of the franchise, as they have during Mr. Ford’s tenure.”>>> Online tributes at DetroitLions.com.