William Clay Ford Jr. was originally named Owner/Vice Chair of the Lions in February 1995, but his involvement with the Lions first began back in 1957 when he attended his first Lions game as an infant.
Along with his father, he was instrumental in bringing the Lions back home to Detroit when the team made the decision in 1996 to move the team from the suburbs and built Ford Field in downtown Detroit. He and his family also played a vital role in Detroit's bid for Super Bowl XL. The Ford Family, Lions and Ford Motor Company were integral in hosting the nation's premier sporting event in February 2006, which generated a $260 million economic boost to the local economy. He also has served on the NFL Finance Committee and the prestigious Broadcast Committee.