Giants co-owner and matriarch Ann Mara passed away today at the age of 85, writes Dan Graziano of ESPN.com. Mara slipped in front of her home in Rye, New York during an ice storm several weeks ago, and she injured her head in the fall. Although her family was hopeful for her recovery, complications from the fall ultimately led to her passing.
Mara’s father-in-law, Tim Mara, founded the Giants in 1925. After Ann’s husband, Wellington, passed away in 2005, Ann and her 11 children assumed control of 50% of the club. The other 50% was sold to the Tisch family in 1991.
Of those 11 children, three currently work in Giants’ front office: John Mara serves as president and CEO, Chris Mara is the senior vice president of player evaluation, and Frank Mara is the vice president of community relations.
Commissioner Roger Goodell released the following statement:
“Mrs. Mara was a tower of strength, dignity and inspiration for her family and all of us in the NFL. Her family and the Giants organization have always reflected Mrs. Mara’s competitive spirit, integrity, and wonderful sense of humor. Our thoughts and prayers are with John Mara and the entire Mara family.”
Our thoughts and condolences are with Mrs. Mara’s friends and family.