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Martha Ford is leaving her role as the principal owner of the Detroit Lions, but ownership is staying in the family, as she’s handing the title over to her daughter, Sheila Ford Hamp.

Ford first became principal owner of the Lions in 2014. Her daughter will now serve as not only the principal owner, but also the chairman.

“Mrs. Hamp has been active in team leadership and National Football League activities for several years in preparation for officially assuming team leadership,” the Lions said in a statement.

“My mother has inspired all of us since taking on leadership of the Lions over six years ago,” Ford Hamp added in a statement. “She has been a tireless leader to our family, our team and our community. Her smart decisions have given me a solid foundation to take the team forward. On behalf of the family and the team, I want to thank her for her countless contributions. I look forward to leading the Lions to excellence on and off the field.”

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