ALLEN PARK, Mich. (WXYZ) – Vice Chairman Bill Ford rolled up to Lions practice Sunday afternoon in his custom Ford GT and turned plenty of heads, including that of Lions coach Jim Schwartz, Julian Peterson, and Zack Follett.
Ford's slick ride gets up to 220 miles an hour, and reportedly is one of two in the world of its kind.
Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, who received a $40 million signing bonus last year, laughed when WXYZ asked if it was his car.
"It's a nice ride," Stafford said.
Linebackers Julian Peterson and Zack Follett checked out Ford's ride before the 3:15 pm practice, peeking through the open windows and commenting on the customization. When we asked Follett if it was his car, the University of California product laughed to our camera, saying "No way! I drive an '02 Toyota Camry."
Head Coach Jim Schwartz spent, without a doubt, the most time oogling the car, joking to WXYZ, “That’s not a good fit for me. Where do you put a kids seat?”
Schwartz, a father of three, enjoyed the thought of “driving the car down Southfield [Road],” especially on the recently re-done road. He told us being in that car would “be like a racecar.”
The Lions did, in fact, practice Sunday. A 10 a.m. morning session came after Saturday’s Lions Uncaged! open practice at Ford Field, and the team’s first night off since training camp started last Monday. They take to the field this week before jetting off for their first preseason game at Pittsburgh this upcoming Saturday.
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