Ford did have some kinder words for the Packers.
Detroit Lions vice-chairman Bill Ford Jr. has labelled the Chicago Bears as a “bunch of thugs” during a charity dinner event on Tuesday.
In what will undoubtedly add further intensity to the rivalry between the two sides, Ford was speaking at a dinner honouring Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson where conversation switched to the Bears.
Ford was asked about the atmosphere at Ford Field during Sunday’s 40-32 win over Chicago, and while he was enthusiastic about his own supporters, he didn’t mince his words when discussing their opponents.
“It was really alive, and it was alive when we played those same bunch of thugs on Monday night, you know, last year,” Ford said according to ESPN, referring to the 2011 “Monday Night Football” game between Detroit and Chicago.
“When this place gets going, it’s electric. We do have wonderful fans; our fans are amazing,” he added.
Ford was in optimistic mood as he moved on to discuss the Lions chances this year, while the crowd in attendance laughed at his comments regarding Chicago.
Nevertheless, a Detroit spokesman has called to inform the media that Ford was merely joking with his quip on the Bears, while he had much kinder words for this weekend’s opponents, the Green Bay Packers.
“Green Bay’s special, and Lambeau Field, there’s a special feeling going into Lambeau,” Ford said. “Always has been. I hate going up there, but when we win this week, it’s going to make it feel a heck of a lot better,” he concluded.
The Lions have not won in Green Bay since 1991, but with three wins from four games to start the new season as well as being joint-top of the NFC North, they will be hopeful that they can end that barren run and continue their two-game winning streak.