Allen Park — Several members of the Ford family, including owner and chairwoman Martha Firestone Ford, visited the Lions during practice on Christmas.
Even with the holiday this week, the Lions prepared as usual, and after practice Friday, they greeted Ford and about a dozen of her relatives.
"It's Christmas Day, and for her to be out here with her family, obviously they could be home eating Christmas (meals), but for her to be out here means a lot," safety Glover Quin said.
Ford has been an active and visible owner since she took over for her late husband, William Clay Ford Sr., in March 2014. Still, the players were surprised to see her in Allen Park on the holiday, and defensive end Darryl Tapp said it shows that she values what the players are doing.
"It's always cool to see the owner," Tapp said. "It's not just a hobby to her. We really matter to her and her family, so it's cool that she shows up and shows appreciation for us and tries to uplift us."
After players went to the locker room, Ford and her family stayed on the field and talked to coach Jim Caldwell.