NFL, Lions players reflect on passing of William Clay Ford

Posted Mar 9, 2014



"For five decades, Mr. Ford's passion for the Lions, Detroit, and the NFL was the foundation of one of the NFL’s historic franchises. As an NFL owner, Mr. Ford helped bring the NFL through enormous periods of change and growth, always guided by his commitment to what was best for the NFL and his beloved Lions. All of us in the NFL extend our heartfelt sympathy to Mr. Ford's wife Martha, Bill Ford, Jr. and the entire Ford family." -- NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell

"I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Bill Ford. He was a man of great integrity who loved his family and his Lions. Bill was well respected within our league as well as the city of Detroit and his contributions to both were numerous. We have all lost a good friend with his passing. My deepest sympathies and condolences go out to his family and many friends." -- Ralph Wilson, Jr.

"It’s a sad moment to hear of Mr. Ford’s passing.

"I’m just thankful as a player to have met him and I’m thankful to continue to know his family and their commitment to this organization and the state of Michigan.

"I hope that someday the Lions will be crowned champions to show and to honor his commitment to this organization and to those that have come through it.

"The Ford family will remain in my family’s thoughts and prayers." -- Former WR Herman Moore

"I am extremely saddened by the passing of Mr. Ford. He was a tremendous owner, as well as a respected and passionate leader of our football team.

"He gave me and many people in the city of Detroit an opportunity to be a part of something great. He was a joy to play for, and his love for the Lions and the city of Detroit will be something we all remember.

"My thoughts and prayers are with the Ford family, and I will always be thankful for the opportunity and the honor to play for Mr. Ford and his beloved Lions." -- QB Matthew Stafford

"William Clay Ford's impact on both the National Football League and the automotive industry have been significant. He had a great passion for both the city of Detroit and the Detroit Lions. Today, we mourn his passing. The entire NFL has lost a dear and valued friend. We extend our condolences to William's wife Martha and his entire family." -- Gayle & Tom Benson, New Orleans Saints