|New York Giants|
December 1, 1954|
New York, New York
|College:||Boston College (BS), Fordham (JD)|
|Career highlights and awards|
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. His ancestry includes Irish, German, and French-Canadian. He attended Iona Preparatory School in nearby New Rochelle, graduating in 1972. He earned a B.S. cum laude in marketing from Boston College in 1976, followed by a J.D. degree in 1979 from Fordham University. After his graduation from Fordham, Mara was an attorney at Vedder, Price, Kaufman, Kammholz and Day, specializing in labor and employment law and litigation. Two years later, he joined Shea & Gould, where he remained until joining the Giants organization.
New York Giants
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. Under John Mara and Steve Tisch, the Giants have won Super Bowl XLII and Super Bowl XLVI.
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. Mara, alongside Steve Tisch and Woody Johnson, brought Super Bowl XLVIII to MetLife Stadium in February 2014.
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.
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- John K. Mara, Esq., Official Site of the New York Giants, accessed February 9, 2016
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- "John Mara Jr. chooses theater career over working for Giants". Newsday. November 6, 2012. Retrieved February 9, 2016.
- "Christine Mara, Christopher Ward". New York Times. July 22, 2012. Retrieved February 9, 2016.
- "Sister Joan Magnetti, Giants linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka, and members of the Mara family" (PDF). king street chronicle. February 2008. Retrieved February 9, 2016.