John K. Mara
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Mara in 2018
New York Giants
Position:Principal owner
Personal information
Born: (1954-12-01) December 1, 1954 (age 67)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Career information
College:Boston College (BS)
Fordham University (JD)
Career history
As an executive:
Career highlights and awards

John K. Mara[1] (/ˈmɑːrə/ MAR; born December 1, 1954) is the president, CEO, and co-owner of the New York Giants.

Early life

Mara was born in New York City and grew up in White Plains, a nearby suburb. He is the eldest son of Ann Mara (née Mumm) and late Giants owner Wellington Mara.[1][2] Mara graduated from Iona Prep High School in New Rochelle, graduated from Boston College in 1976 with a Bachelor of Science in marketing, graduating with Cum Laude honors. Mara earned his Juris Doctor degree from Fordham University School of Law in 1979. He specialized in labor and employment law and litigation at two Manhattan firms prior to joining the Giants.[3]

Professional career

New York Giants

Mara (left) at the Giants' visit to the White House after their Super Bowl XLII victory.
Mara (left) at the Giants' visit to the White House after their Super Bowl XLII victory.

Mara joined the Giants in 1991, serving as General Counsel and later as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer until his father's death in 2005, when he assumed the team's presidency.[2]

Under John Mara and Steve Tisch, the Giants have won Super Bowl XLII and Super Bowl XLVI.[4][5]

Criticism

Despite winning two Super Bowls during his tenure as owner, Mara was criticized in the late 2010s and early 2020s for being too loyal to longtime Giants employees.[6] He was criticized for keeping general manager Dave Gettleman after the 2020 season.[7]

In September 2021, he was booed by fans while speaking at Eli Manning's number retirement and Ring of Honor ceremony,[8] and didn't address the crowd that November when the team retired Michael Strahan's number.[9]

Additional work in NFL

Mara has served for 15 years on the NFL Competition Committee, which suggests rule and policy changes to all NFL teams. He is the current chairman of the NFL Management Council Executive Committee.[2][10] Mara, alongside Steve Tisch and Woody Johnson, brought Super Bowl XLVIII to MetLife Stadium in February 2014.[2]

Personal life

Mara is the third generation of his family to own the Giants. His grandfather, Tim, founded the team in 1925. Tim's sons, Wellington and Jack (John's uncle), inherited the team in 1959, when Tim died. Among NFL franchises, only the Chicago Bears (controlled by the Halas-McCaskey family since 1921) have been in the hands of one family longer than the Giants.[11]

He and his wife, Denise W. Mara, have one son, John Jr., and four daughters, Lauren, Courtney, Christine, and Erin.[12][13][14][15] He is also an uncle to actresses Rooney Mara and Kate Mara.[16]

Mara serves on the Board of Directors of Saint Vincent's Hospital in Harrison, New York and Boys Hope Girls Hope of New York.[2]

References

  1. ^ a b Goldstein, Richard (October 25, 2005). "Wellington Mara, Co-Owner of New York Giants, Is Dead at 89". The New York Times. Archived from the original on March 9, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e "John K. Mara, Esq". New York Giants. Archived from the original on April 28, 2021. Retrieved May 2, 2021.
  3. ^ "John K. Mara, Esq". giants.com. New York Giants. Retrieved December 23, 2021.
  4. ^ Battista, Judy (February 4, 2008). "Giants Stun Patriots in Super Bowl XLII". The New York Times. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  5. ^ "SB 46: Giants squeak past Patriots again, 21-17". USA TODAY. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  6. ^ Slater, Darryl. "Could Giants' John Mara target Chiefs' front office for Dave Gettleman's replacement? There are a couple good options". nj.com. Advance Local Media, LLC. Retrieved December 23, 2021.
  7. ^ Raanan, Jordan. "New York Giants keep Dave Gettleman, as GM and co-owner John Mara both say team is 'on the right track'". espn.com. ESPN, Inc. Retrieved December 23, 2021.
  8. ^ Raanan, Jordan. "Giants owner John Mara booed as loss to Atlanta Falcons drops New York to 0-3 to start the season". espn.com. ESPN, Inc. Retrieved December 23, 2021.
  9. ^ Florio, Mike. "John Mara skips speaking at the Michael Strahan jersey retirement ceremony". profootballtalk.nbcsports.com. NBC Universal. Retrieved December 23, 2021.
  10. ^ "John Mara talks rule changes and concussions". New York Giants. February 5, 2016. Archived from the original on April 19, 2018. Retrieved February 9, 2016.
  11. ^ Battista, Judy. "In his footsteps: Living up to legacies of Rooney, Halas, Mara". nfl.com. NFL Enterprises LLC. Retrieved December 28, 2019.
  12. ^ "Examining the Mara family tree as the NY Giants seek their fourth Super Bowl against Patriots". Daily News. New York. Retrieved February 9, 2016.
  13. ^ Best, Neil (November 6, 2012). "John Mara Jr. chooses theater career over working for Giants". Newsday. Retrieved February 9, 2016.
  14. ^ "Christine Mara, Christopher Ward". New York Times. July 22, 2012. Retrieved February 9, 2016.
  15. ^ "Sister Joan Magnetti, Giants linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka, and members of the Mara family" (PDF). King Street Chronicle. February 2008. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 4, 2016. Retrieved February 9, 2016.
  16. ^ "Giants' John Mara's niece, Kate Mara, defends players who kneel for anthem". SNY. Retrieved March 26, 2019.