Martha Ford working 'day and night' to deliver Super Bowl to Lions fans

The Detroit News

A new documentary, focusing on the NFL's four female owners, paints a clear picture of 93-year-old Detroit Lions owner Martha Firestone Ford as a highly active participant in the direction of her franchise, dedicated to the goal of bringing home the city's first Super Bowl championship. In the film, Firestone Ford recalls her earliest football memory, attending a Portsmouth Spartans game as a young child with her father, Harvey Firestone. The Spartans would ultimately relocate to Detroit, becoming the Lions, in 1934. Firestone Ford married William Clay Ford in 1947. In 1963, at the prodding of his brother Henry II, he bought out the other shareholders to become the sole owner of the Lions.

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