Lions owner William Clay Ford, Sr. dies

Died at 88. Aaron Wilson

Print This March 09, 2014, 02:05 PM EST

Longtime and legendary Detroit Lions owner William Clay Ford, Sr. has died at the age of 88, the organization announced on Sunday.

Ford purchased the Lions' franchise in 1963. It's assumed his son, William Clay Ford, Jr., will take control of the organization.

“It is with profound sadness that we mourn the loss of Mr. Ford and extend our deepest sympathies to Mrs. Ford and to the entire Ford family,” Lions President Tom Lewand said in a statement. “No owner loved his team more than Mr. Ford loved the Lions. Those of us who had the opportunity to work for Mr. Ford knew of his unyielding passion for his family, the Lions and the city of Detroit.”

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.

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