Lions will wear patch to honor late owner William Clay Ford in 2014

(WXYZ) - Detroit Lions players will wear a patch to honor late owner William Clay Ford during the 2014 season.

The patch will be black with white trim and feature the letters "WCF" in white print. Behind the lettering are two pillars, the left one Honolulu blue and the right one silver, that pay homage to the Lions' logo during the 1960s, when Ford first gained ownership of the team.

The patches will make their debut during the Lions' regular-season opener on Sept. 8 at Ford Field against the New York Giants. The game will be nationally televised as part of ESPN's Monday Night Football.

Ford died from pneumonia on March 9 at age 88. He had owned the Lions since 1963.