Millen Out as Lions' President

Ugly era ends in Detroit for former NFL star
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 24, 2008 12:12 PM CDT
Detroit Lions president and chief executive officer Matt Millen, left, and team owner and chairman William Clay Ford watch the team's training camp in Allen Park, Mich., July 24, 2008.    (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Matt Millen’s tenure as the Detroit Lions’ president and GM is over, Fox Sports reports. His removal came after an executive meeting last night, and Millen reportedly packed up his office this morning. Millen, 50, was among the most reviled executives in sports—with even the son of owner William Clay Ford saying recently he would fire Millen if it were his decision.

It is unclear if Millen—who won four Super Bowls during 12 seasons as an NFL linebacker—resigned or was formally fired. But with the Lions at a league-worst 31-84 since he took over in 2001, and fans staging in-game walkouts known as “Millen Man Marches”, the consensus has been clear. Detroit started this season 0-3.