When Jack Kent Cooke died several years ago....a few Giants fans I knew said some really great things about Mr. Cooke that I will never forget. Essentially, the loved the enthusiasm and class Mr. Cooke brought to, not just the Redskins, but the NFC East. I feel the same way about Giants owner Mr. Mara...maybe even with higher regard. He passed away yesterday at the age of 89.
Mr. Mara has been part of the New York Football Giants organization since the team came into existence in 1925. Everything you know about the NFL today was pretty much helped along by Mr. Mara.
Mr. Mara did something that is quite unthinkable to us today. Being the owner of the NFL team in the nation's largest TV market....he was willing to share revenue for the betterment of the entire league. Do you think that George Steinbrenner would make such a move?
People say this at times....but in this case it is true: he is the last of his breed. He was a complete football guy that loved the game for it's orginal values but had the vision to help it into modern ways. And now the NFL is the model league that all sports wish to emulate.
As a Washington Redskins fan, I have the upmost respect for Mr. Mara and everything he stood for....and my heart truly sank when I heard about his passing.
Thank you, Mr. Mara.