The lions moved from the university of detroit

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The Lions moved from the University of Detroit Stadium to Briggs Field, home of the baseball Tigers, in 1938, where they stayed for 37 years. In 1964, Chairman Williamd Clay Ford purchased the Lions for $4,500,000. In 1975, the Lions moved into the Pontiac Silverdome where they played for 37 years. Then in 2002, the team moved back to downtown Detroit and into a new domed stadium, Ford Field. Williamd Clay Ford passed away in 2014 and the team is now led by his wife - Martha Firestone Ford. Team History
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Detroit Lions ProFootballHOF.com Pro Football Hall of Fame Youth & Education 2 Canton, Ohio and the National Football League E ach year, approximately 250,000 fans from all over the world visit the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. The museum’s guest register reveals that in a year’s time, visitors come from all fifty states and from sixty to seventy foreign countries. Many wonder why the Hall of Fame is located in this small northeast Ohio city. Often, museums are built in locations that have historical significance to their subject matter. The Pro Football Hall of Fame is no exception. Canton’s ties to pro football began long before the Hall of Fame was built in 1963. On September 17, 1920, a meeting was held in an automobile showroom in downtown Canton. It was at this time that the American Professional Football Association was formed. Two years later, the league changed its name to the National Football League. Today, fans follow teams like the Dallas Cowboys, San Francisco 49ers, and the Miami Dolphins. But, in 1920, none of those teams existed. Rather, the NFL had teams like the Columbus Panhandles, Dayton Triangles, Rochester Jeffersons, and the Canton Bulldogs. The Canton Bulldogs were the first real pro football powerhouse. They won the NFL title in 1922 and 1923 making them the league’s first two-time champion. They were a strong team even before the NFL began because of their star player Jim Thorpe. Thorpe, a Native American Indian, was a tremendous athlete. Not only did he play pro football but he played pro baseball and won two gold medals in the 1912 Olympic Games. Even today, he is considered to be one of the world’s greatest athletes of all time. While the Bulldogs are no longer around, pro football remembers its early days in Canton, Ohio. Visitors, young and old, enjoy the story of pro football’s history in the city where the NFL began! The Legendary Jim Thorpe
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Detroit Lions ProFootballHOF.com Pro Football Hall of Fame Youth & Education 3 Who Was Jim Thorpe? It seems that whenever stories are written about an all-time pro football great, Jim Thorpe’s name comes up. Jim Thorpe was born in a one-room cabin in Prague, Oklahoma, on May 28, 1888. Though he had some Irish and French blood, he was mostly of Sac and Fox Indian heritage. In fact, his Indian name was Wa-Tho-Huk, which means Bright Path.
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