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Lions VP Schmidt Resigns

January 9, 2001

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) _ Chuck Schmidt, executive vice president of the Detroit Lions and a 25-year employee of the team, resigned Tuesday, a day after the hiring of Matt Millen.

Schmidt succeeded Russ Thomas in 1989 as the team’s top operations officer, although he wasn’t considered a general manager.

The Lions have allowed their coaches _ Wayne Fontes, Bobby Ross and Gary Moeller _ to run the football operation since Thomas resigned as GM.

``I would like to acknowledge the love and tremendous support given by the fans to the Detroit Lions. ... You deserve a Super Bowl champion. Keep the faith. I will be cheering with you,″ Schmidt said in a statement released by the team.

Lions chairman and president William Clay Ford said Monday that the team has hired Millen, a former NFL linebacker and TV commentator. It is believed he will become general manager.

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