The Detroit Lions have been in the city since 1934, but they started out as the Portsmouth Spartans. The team was originally founded in 1928, but the owner sold the team for $8,000 to radio executive George A. Richards who moved the team to Detroit and renamed them. Several months later, the Lions started off with a 10-win game streak, including 7 shutouts. But they lost the next 3 games to the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears and finished out the season in second place. In the mid-1930s, Dutch Clark led the NFL with 55 points, while Ernie Caddel led with 621 yards, carrying to Lions to a 7-3-2 record, a first in the Western Division. The team proceeded to the NFL Championship Games against the New York Giants and won their first World Championship that year.
Since that early time, the Detroit Lions have been a part of numerous championships. LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIPS NFL Championships (pre–1970 AFL–NFL merger) 1935, 1952, 1953, 1957 CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS NFL National: 1952 NFL Western: 1953, 1954, 1957 Division championships NFL Western: 1935, 1953, 1954, 1957 NFL National: 1952 NFC Central: 1983, 1991, 1993 PLAYOFF APPEARANCES NFL: 1935, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1957, 1970, 1982, 1983, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2011, 2014, 2016
Martha Parke Firestone Ford is the current owner of the Detroit Lions.