Ann Mara, Giants Co-Owner And ‘First Lady Of Football,’ Dead At 85

CBS New York

EAST RUTHEFORD, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Ann Mara, the matriarch of the New York Giants’ founding family, died Sunday morning, the team announced.

Mara, 85, slipped in front of her home in Rye, New York, during an ice storm last month, said Giants president and CEO John Mara, Ann’s son.

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“She had been in the hospital since the following day, initially due to a head injury she suffered in her fall,” John Mara said in a news release. “After a few days, we were hopeful for her recovery, although we knew it would be a long road back. Unfortunately, there were complications.”

Often called the “The First Lady of Football,” Ann Mara was the wife of longtime Giants owner Wellington Mara, who died at age 89 in 2005. Following his death, she and her children owned 50 percent of the team. The Giants were founded in 1925…

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