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ESPYS ‘In Memoriam’ Tribute Leaves Out William Clay Ford Sr.

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DEARB0RN, MI - JUNE 16: Bill Ford, Jr. (L), chairman and CEO of Ford Motor Co., and his father, William Clay Ford Sr., retired vice chairman of Ford's board of directors, attend the automaker's 48th annual shareholders meeting in this handout photo by Ford June 16, 2003 in Dearborn, Michigan. (Photo by Getty Images)

DEARB0RN, MI – JUNE 16: Bill Ford, Jr. (L), chairman and CEO of Ford Motor Co., and his father, William Clay Ford Sr., retired vice chairman of Ford’s board of directors, attend the automaker’s 48th annual shareholders meeting in this handout photo by Ford June 16, 2003 in Dearborn, Michigan. (Photo by Getty Images)

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By Ashley Dunkak
@AshleyDunkak

CBS DETROIT – Four NFL owners died in the last year, and ESPN honored two of them at the ESPYS Wednesday night.

When ESPN’s Chris Berman introduced the “In Memoriam” slideshow-style tribute, which featured three-second video clips of more than 20 sports figures, he mentioned that the league had lost four owners in the past year.

Included in the tribute were clips of Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson and Tennessee Titans owner Bud Adams, but Detroit Lions owner William Clay Ford Sr. and Tampa Bay Buccaneers owner Malcolm Glazer – who also owned Manchester United - were not recognized.

Tony Ortiz of 97.1 The Ticket, who also works as the sideline reporter for the Lions, was baffled by ESPN’s choice to omit Ford.

“It’s shortsighted and stupid,” Ortiz said. “I don’t understand it.”

Ortiz was not the only one who reacted to the lack of recognition for the longtime Lions owner.

A number of fans took to Twitter to express their surprise and, for some, disappointment.

https://twitter.com/acohn12/status/489606238138023936

Neither ESPN nor the Lions immediately responded to requests for comment.

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