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Bill Ford ‘very’ happy with his role with Lions

Michael Martinez
The Detroit News

Ford Motor Co. Executive Chairman Bill Ford Jr. on Monday told The Detroit News he’s “very” happy with his role with the Detroit Lions, despite being less active with the team since his mother took over as owner and chairwoman.

Ford Jr. is a vice chairman for the Lions, a position also held by his three sisters. He said in October he was less involved than usual and there have been reports that he was being pushed out in favor of his sisters.

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“I’ve got my hands full with my day job,” Ford told The News during the first press preview days of the 2016 North American International Auto Show.

His 90-year-old mother, Martha Firestone Ford, has become the public face of the Lions, visiting players and speaking to the media after firing former general manager Martin Mayhew and president Tom Lewand.

The team finished 7-9 after a 1-7 start.

“She’s doing a great job and she loves it, but it is different for her,” Ford Jr. said.

The Lions on Monday announced Bob Quinn as their new general manager, a decision that Firestone Ford had an “active role” in.

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