John Mara

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John K. Mara, Esq
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Mara in 2018
New York Giants
Position:Principal owner
Personal information
Born: (1954-12-01) December 1, 1954 (age 64)
New York, New York
Career information
College:Boston College (BS)
Fordham University (JD)
Career history
As executive:
Career highlights and awards

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

Early life[edit]

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 Giants owner Wellington Mara.[1][2] His ancestry includes Irish, German, and French-Canadian.

Professional career[edit]

New York Giants[edit]

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

Mara joined the Giants in 1988, 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.[3][4]

Additional work in NFL[edit]

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][5] Mara, alongside Steve Tisch and Woody Johnson, brought Super Bowl XLVIII to MetLife Stadium in February 2014.[2]

Personal life[edit]

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.[citation needed]

He and his wife, Denise W. Mara, have one son, John Jr., and four daughters, Lauren, Courtney, Christine, and Erin.[6][7][8][9] He is also an uncle to actresses Rooney Mara and Kate Mara.[10]

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]


  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., Official Site of the New York Giants, accessed February 9, 2016
  3. ^ Battista, Judy (February 4, 2008). "Giants Stun Patriots in Super Bowl XLII". The New York Times. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  4. ^ "SB 46: Giants squeak past Patriots again, 21-17". USA TODAY. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  5. ^ "John Mara talks rule changes and concussions". Retrieved February 9, 2016.
  6. ^ "Examining the Mara family tree as the NY Giants seek their fourth Super Bowl against Patriots". Daily News. New York. Retrieved February 9, 2016.
  7. ^ Best, Neil (November 6, 2012). "John Mara Jr. chooses theater career over working for Giants". Newsday. Retrieved February 9, 2016.
  8. ^ "Christine Mara, Christopher Ward". New York Times. July 22, 2012. Retrieved February 9, 2016.
  9. ^ "Sister Joan Magnetti, Giants linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka, and members of the Mara family" (PDF). King Street Chronicle. February 2008. Retrieved February 9, 2016.
  10. ^ "Giants' John Mara's niece, Kate Mara, defends players who kneel for anthem". SNY. Retrieved March 26, 2019.

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