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 as an infant, he attended his first Lions game.
He, along with his father, 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 build Ford Field in downtown Detroit. He also played a vital role, along with his family, 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 that generated a $260 million economic impact to the local economy. He also has served on numerous NFL committees, including the prestigious Broadcast Committee.