‘Superstar’ businessman Mel Farr passes


Lions legend running back and Detroit’s superstar auto dealership owner Mel Farr died August 3 at the age of 70.

The fast paced running back won the co-rookie of the year award in 1967 with teammate Lem Barney. He played seven seasons for Detroit before retiring due to nagging injuries.

“He was a fun guy, sincere guy, a loving guy,” Barney said. “He was a guy that everybody would want on his team. You would want Mel on your team. Good instincts, great heart. Very generous and a serious guy. He’s going to sorely be missed.”

Farr worked for Ford Motor Co. in the off-season during his football career.

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