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John Mara
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John Mara (back left) Tom Coughlin (foreground) & Steve Tisch (back right) at the Giants' visit to the White House after their Super Bowl XLII victory.
Personal information
Date of birth (1954-12-01) December 1, 1954 (age 67)
Place of birth New York, New York
Career information
Position(s) President/CEO
College Boston College
Fordham University School of Law
Head coaching record
Championships won 2007 Super Bowl XLII
2011 Super Bowl XLVI
Team(s) as a coach/administrator
New York Giants

John Kevin Mara[1] (born December 1, 1954) is the current 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, New York. He is the oldest son of Anne (née Mumm) and former Giants owner Wellington Mara.[1][2] His ancestry includes Irish, German, and Canadian. He attended Iona Preparatory School in nearby New Rochelle, graduating in 1972. He received a B.S. cum laude in marketing from Boston College in 1976, followed by a law degree in 1979 from Fordham University.

New York Giants

After working as an attorney for some time, Mara joined the Giants in 1991, serving as the 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.

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 on Tim's death in 1959. 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.

He is the uncle of Academy Award nominee, Rooney Mara.

The Mara family name used to be O'Mara and their Rooney family ancestors originate in Newry, County Down.[3][4] Her paternal grandfather, Wellington Mara, was the long-time co-owner of the Giants, succeeded by her uncle, John Mara. Her maternal grandfather, Timothy James "Tim" Rooney, has run Yonkers Raceway in Yonkers, New York since 1972.[5][6] Mara is the great-granddaughter of both New York Giants founder Tim Mara and Pittsburgh Steelers founder Art Rooney, Sr.[7]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Goldstein, Richard (October 25, 2005). "Wellington Mara, Co-Owner of New York Giants, Is Dead at 89". The New York Times.
  2. 2.0 2.1 John K. Mara, Esq., Official Site of the New York Giants, accessed January 23, 2010
  3. Millar, John (September 28, 2008). "Hollywood Star Pays Tribute To Stone Of Denisty Nationilst". Sunday Mail. Retrieved on October 4, 2008.
  4. Rooney Mara, Kathleen (2008). "940 by Kathleen Rooney Mara". Pittsburgh in Words. Retrieved 2010-10-10.
  5. Staple, Arthur (January 30, 2009). "Rooney Mara links NFL's two royal families". Newsday. Retrieved on January 31, 2009.
  6. "Eileen Hawthorn Engaged to Wed T. J. Rooney Jr.". The New York Times. November 5, 1989.
  7. "Steelers, Giants memorabilia auctioned to help Kenyan orphans". December 11, 2008. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved on December 11, 2008.

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