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Lions gift Sheila Ford Hamp with game ball from first win as owner at Friday’s practice

ALLEN PARK — The Detroit Lions took a moment during Friday’s practice to present Sheila Ford Hamp with the game ball from her first win as team owner.

Lions coach Matt Patricia gathered the team around Ford Hamp after the stretching portion, with some words and applause per the pool report from practice. Detroit (1-3) won its lone game of the season back in Week 3 out in Arizona. Detroit lost to New Orleans two weeks ago before heading into its Week 5 bye.

“It was very meaningful to her, I think, based on what I saw,” Lions running back Kerryon Johnson said of the presentation via Zoom. “But, she’s just like us. She wants more, and we want more and we’re trying to give her as many footballs as she can handle. It seems like we played Arizona three months ago now, just because of the bye week and the games in between — in COVID, everything moves 10 times slower, so we’re just trying to stack them up, stack them up and give her some more.”

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Ford Hamp was named the team’s principal owner after her mother, Martha Firestone Ford, stepped down in June. Firestone Ford ran the Lions for six seasons after her husband William Clay Ford died in 2014. The team’s new owner hasn’t spoken with reporters in quite some time but said expectations for the Lions remain the same in 2020.

For those in need of a refresher, general manager Bob Quinn and Patricia were brought back for another season with mandates from ownership to compete for the playoffs and play meaningful games in December. Detroit is 1-3 through four weeks, with the window on those mandates closing and the seats on the team’s brain trust heating up.

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Kenny Golladay echoed Johnson’s remarks on Friday, though, saying he thinks the presentation was a big deal for Ford Hamp. The receiver added that the game ball would look good with her name on it somewhere in Ford Hamp’s home.

“More so just giving her a game ball for, you know, for her first win,” Golladay said. “I feel like that was pretty special for her. She could definitely set that ball with her name written on it in the house somewhere. I think that was a big deal.”

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