General Motors CEO Dan Akerson rags on Lions at event in Kansas


General Motors CEO Dan Akerson expressed faith today that GM can “become the world’s most valuable automotive company.”

But he expressed much less faith in the Detroit Lions.

“I hope you don’t feel too bad about the (Kansas City) Chiefs’ recent performance,” Akerson said at an event announcing a $600-million investment in GM’s Fairfax, Kan., assembly and stamping plant. “It’s not like you’re Lions fans.”


The Lions went 4-12 in 2012. The Kansas City Chiefs earned the first pick in the NFL draft after going 2-14.

“The Detroit Lions have never been to a Super Bowl, and the last time they won an NFL championship (1957), GM was building the Pontiac Catalina here, and Elvis was topping the charts with ‘Jailhouse Rock’ and ‘All Shook Up,’” Akerson said, according to a copy of his prepared remarks.

Of course, what wasn’t mentioned in Akerson’s remarks is that the Lions are owned by GM’s archrival: the Ford family.

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