Recently, the “Voice of the Lions” Dan Miller interviewed Detroit Lions president Rod Wood following Shelia Ford Hamp’s elevation to principal owner, discussing a variety of topics.
The interview begins like most in today’s climate, with a focus around how Wood’s job has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We left (Allen Park) thinking we’d be gone for a couple of weeks and everything would get back to normal,” Wood said, “and now here we are almost the end of June, and everybody’s (still) working from home.”
Miller then pivoted the conversation towards what type of legacy Martha Firestone Ford was leaving behind.
“(She) became widely respected within the league,” Wood said. “And admired. And I don’t know that ever heard anybody, including Roger Goodell (NFL Comminishiner), call her anything other than Mrs. Ford — and that shows the level of respect that she had.”
Once the conversation shifted towards Shelia Ford Hamp, Wood discussed her (and the rest of the Ford family’s) desire to win, Hamp’s ability to gain experience working side-by-side with her mother, and creating her own mark as a leader.
Other topics discussed include the organization’s technological support team, how technology can help the team in the future, coaching/team leadership, the team bonding via social justice discussions and pandemic related situations, as well as how Wood’s job has changed in 2020, and how Allen Park is being prepped for football in the fall .
You can watch the entire 26-minute video of Wood’s interview below (courtesy of the Lions’ YouTube page):