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Goodrich grad Rod Wood named new Lions president

ALLEN PARK – Rodney Wood, 55, a Goodrich High grad was named last Thursday as the Detroit Lions new president.

Wood, an investment banker, has spent the past eight years as president and CEO of Ford Estates. In media interviews over the weekend, Wood proclaimed, “I’m not a football guy” and likely would not have direct decision making in personnel hirings made by the Lions’ Management Team.

“As most people have noted, I’m not a football guy, that’s not in my background,” Wood told WJR Radio. “What I am pretty good at is hiring great people and letting them do their job. I would expect that we’ll do that by finding a great GM to lead the football side.”

A “lifelong Lions fan”, Wood added that he understands the fans’ frustrations with the 2-7 Lions, who are now the worst team in the NFL.

In a statement issued last Friday after his hiring, Wood said, ““I am humbled and honored to accept this position. Mrs. Ford has made it clear that her goal, and the goal of the Ford Family, is to make the Detroit Lions a championship football team and organization. In my role as team President, I will do everything possible to provide our organization with all the means necessary to succeed on the football field and provide our fans and city with a championship organization both on and off the field.” – L.P.

Firebirds fans can give back to community

FLINT — The Flint Firebirds of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) are partnering with numerous non-profit organizations to give back to the community in the coming weeks.

Following a three game road trip, the Firebirds return back to Flint on Dec. 4 for a Friday night game against the Saginaw Spirit. It’s Teddy Bear Toss Night! Fans are encouraged to bring a teddy bear to the game or purchase one at the Dort Federal Event Center and when the Firebirds score their first goal, launch them onto the ice! The bears and their proceeds will benefit various local charities throughout Flint and Genesee County. In addition, compliments of Hap Insurance, all fans in attendance will also receive a free orange Flint Firebirds rally towel.

On Friday, Dec. 11, the Flint Firebirds and Old Newsboys of Flint are partnering for the team’s inaugural ugly sweater jersey night as the Firebirds host the Mississauga Steelheads at 7:30 p.m. There will be a live jersey auction immediately following the game with proceeds from the auction, 50-50 raffle, Chuck-A-Puck and game program sales benefiting the Old Newsboys of Flint. – L.P.

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