The Detroit Lions will wear a special uniform patch during the 2014 season in honor of owner William Clay Ford who passed away in early March.
The Lions issued the following statement in announcing the patch:
Detroit Lions players will wear a uniform patch during the 2014 season honoring late team owner William Clay Ford, the team confirmed today. Mr. Ford, who passed away March 9, purchased the Lions in November 1963 and officially became sole owner of the team January 10, 1964.
Lions players will wear the uniform patch beginning with the regular season opener (September 8) on Monday Night Football at Ford Field when the Lions host the New York Giants.
Rather than featuring an image of a player on the game ticket for the regular season opener on Monday Night Football against the New York Giants, the Lions used a photo of Mr. Ford. It is likely the pregame festivities will include a tribute to the team’s late owner.