Ford’s involvement in Lions GM hire impresses Accorsi

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News

Since taking over for her husband, the late William Clay Ford Sr., in March 2014, Martha Firestone Ford has been an active owner for the Lions.

And when the team conducted its search for the next general manager, one that ended Friday with the Lions hiring Bob Quinn, Ford was among the people inquiring about the candidates, according to consultant Ernie Accorsi.

“She was involved, believe me,” Accorsi said on a teleconference Sunday afternoon.

How involved Ford was is unclear. Accorsi declined to say who sat in on the interviews with Quinn, one last Tuesday in Providence, R.I., and then another locally on Thursday.

But, Accorsi told The Detroit News in a telephone interview Sunday that his recommendation of Quinn was met with “unanimous” support from president Rod Wood and the Ford family.

Accorsi also said Sunday that the 90-year-old Ford’s desire to build a winning team led NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and Panthers owner Jerry Richardson to suggest Accorsi take the consulting position with the Lions in November.

“I was really impressed with her knowledge, with her interest,” Accorsi said. “She was involved in everything, and she was a delight, believe me. I did not know her. It was really a great experience for me. She was involved.”