Ann Mara, NY Giants Owner, Dies at Age 85 After Complications from Fall

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistFebruary 1, 2015

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Longtime New York Giants co-owner Ann Mara died at the age of 85 Sunday due to complications from a fall outside her home on Jan. 18.

According to Michael Eisen of Giants.com, her son and Giants President and Chief Executive Officer John Mara released a statement in the wake of his mother's passing:

I am sad to say that our mother has passed away. She has been the leader of our family in every way, and we will miss her dearly. She slipped in front of her home (in Rye, New York) during the ice storm two weeks ago (Jan. 18). She had been in the hospital since the following day, initially due to a head injury she suffered in her fall. After a few days, we were hopeful for her recovery, although we knew it would be a long road back. Unfortunately, there were complications. ... She loved her family, and all of us were able to spend time with her in these final days. All 11 of her children and our spouses and numerous grandchildren were with her when she passed away.

The aptly nicknamed "First Lady of Football" was part owner of the Giants since 1959, as she was married to Pro Football Hall of Fame owner Wellington Mara, per NFL.com's Judy Battista:

Mara's death has already garnered a great deal of reaction within the media, and there is no question she will be missed after having such a positive impact on so many.

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 07:  Quarterback Eli Manning #10 (C) of the New York Giants throws back a football that was thrown to him as New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (L) and Ann Mara looks on during the Giants' Victory Parade on February 7, 2012 in New York Cit
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Peter King of Monday Morning Quarterback remembers Mrs. Mara fondly:

CNN's Rachel Nichols echoed those sentiments:

During Mara's time as co-owner of the G-Men, she witnessed four Super Bowl victories, making her franchise one of the most successful in the NFL in that time period. She was always a great representative for the Giants, and there is no question her passing will leave a void in the organization.

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