The week began on a somber note, as the Detroit Lions organization lost not only it's owner, but a friend, in the passing of William Clay Ford.
Ford passed away at his home at the age of 88 from pnemonia on Sunday. In the following days, stories of his compassion, humor and love for this team came from every outlet.
"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 team president Tom Lewand said.
"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.
"His leadership, integrity, kindness, humility and good humor were matched only by his desire to bring a Super Bowl championship to the Lions and to our community. Each of us in the organization will continue to relentlessly pursue that goal in his honor."
This week also marked the start of free agency.
The Lions also signed pass rusher
OTHER NOTEWORTHY ITEMS FROM THE WEEK:
- Columnist Mike O'Hara remembers the legacy of William Clay Ford.
- Charlie Sanders, who knew Mr. Ford for more than 50 years as a player, analyst and front office employee, reflects on his friend.
- Martha Ford will take over Lions' ownership. Bill Ford, who has been the team's vice chairman since 1995, will remain in that role.
- Jason Hanson says he has "some guilt" for not winning a championship for Mr. Ford.
- A sit-down with Bill Ford, vice-chairman of the franchise, was a key factor in persuading Golden Tate to sign a five-year, reported $31-million contract with the Lions.
- Pettigrew looking forward to bigger role in Lions new offense.