On DetroitLions.com, writer Tim Twentyman unveiled part one of an exclusive interview with Lions Vice Chairman, Bill Ford Jr. In part one, which can be found here, Bill Ford Jr. said some things that will please Lions fans.At one point, Twentyman brings up Calvin Johnson and asks him how important it is to sign a long-term deal. Calvin Johnson’s contract will expire in a year and Johnson wants to get it over with this offseason. Contract negotiations over the summer will be closely followed by Lions fans. Like Johnson, it seems that Ford Jr. is eager to sign Calvin Johnson and make him a Lion for many more years to come. Here is what he had to say about Johnson:
“Well we really want Calvin here long-term and I think it’s important for us, important for Matthew (Stafford), it’s important for the fans and he’s a great guy. He’s a great guy on the field, he’s a great guy in the locker room and he’s a great guy off the field. They don’t make many better people than Calvin Johnson. We really want to get this done with him.”
That is great to hear. Ford Jr. then goes on to tell how elite of a player Calvin Johnson is and even takes a little shot at Cris Carter. He then was asked about Matthew Stafford and whether or not he is the face of the franchise. Ford Jr. replies with great words for Matthew Stafford and even says that he wouldn’t trade him for any other quarterback in the league.
Oh absolutely. I think Matthew is terrific. I wouldn’t trade Matthew for any quarterback in the league, given his age. The guy is 23 years old, he just had a 5,000-yard season, the players love him, he’s a great young man off the field and yeah, I hope Matthew is the face of this franchise for many years to come.”
We’ve had some good quarterbacks in that period, but given his age and given his talent, my hope is that Matthew can be here for many, many years and really his stature and team’s stature should grow together.”
I know a lot of times fans voice their displeasure with owner William Clay Ford Sr. (and deservedly so) and other members of the ownership. However, it is refreshing to hear what his son (Bill Ford Jr.) had to say about the franchise and it seems like the fans and Ford Jr. are on the same side.