Allen Park — Despite her constant assistance to the team, we don’t hear often from Detroit Lions owner Sheila Hamp. She sat down for a brief interview with Fox 2 before this season and, before that, held an impromptu four-minute session with local reporters in October 2022 to offer public support for coach Dan Campbell and general manager Brad Holmes. after the team got off to a rocky 1-6 start that season.
Despite having every reason to celebrate his decision to continue the team’s football leadership and the success of the 2023 season, Hamp made a concerted effort to stay out of the spotlight. But on Monday, he made his voice heard in a letter to Lions season-ticket holders.
Hamp opened the letter with an expression of gratitude to the team’s fans, noting that she was overwhelmed by the team’s support throughout the year on the road, in particular the NFC Championship game against San Francisco.
He then moved on to broader reflections.
“When I took this position three years ago, I had a vision of sustained success,” Hamp wrote. “This season’s success is what that vision looked like. Now, we must make late-January football a fixture in Detroit. With the help of Brad Holmes and Dan Campbell, whom we hand-picked for this mission, the future from the The Detroit Lions have never looked brighter. I said in January of ’21 that we had found the right people to lead this organization and I believe it even more today.
“The harsh reality of success is that you don’t necessarily see the end coming, and it hits you hard when it comes,” Hamp continued. “We’re living that now, but please don’t let that dampen the excitement we felt and the success we had. Only one team can celebrate the end of the year and our goal is to put ourselves in a position to make that happen.” be our celebration.”
Hamp closed the note with another round of thanks to the fan base.
“Please accept a personal thank you from me and my family for supporting us during this season,” he wrote. “Thank you for proudly wearing Lions colors at work, at school, at Ford Field and 10 other NFL stadiums. Without you at our games, at watch parties or in your living room , nothing we do matters. This league has always been about players and fans, and I am very proud of the players and fans who represent the Lions.
“Training camp starts in about 175 days and I can’t wait.”