William Clay Ford | Detroit Lions owner, 88
Ford Motor Co. said in a statement Sunday that Mr. Ford died of pneumonia at his home. Mr. Ford help steer the family business for more than five decades. He bought one of his own, the NFL franchise in the Motor City, a half-century ago.
He served as an employee and board member of the automaker for more than half of its 100-year history.
"My father was a great business leader and humanitarian who dedicated his life to the company and the community," William Clay Ford Jr., executive chairman of Ford Motor Co. and Lions vice chairman, said.
Mr. Ford's first full season leading the Lions was in 1964, seven years after the franchise won the NFL title. - AP