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Giants' John Mara Profiled As Exec Who Is Very Involved, Always Asking Questions

Mara likes to attend practice so he doesn't lose track of what's going on
NFL Giants President & CEO John Mara is profiled by Art Stapleton of the Bergen RECORD, who writes while Mara has won two Super Bowls since taking over in '05, he "does not sleep very well." Mara is "often out the door of his Westchester County home by 5:30 a.m. for a gym workout before heading down the highway for another day during which he harbors some of the same concerns as the thousands of fans who cheer for his team." Mara said of Giants GM Jerry Reese and coach Tom Coughlin, "I ask a lot of questions, as they’ll tell you. I just find it’s a good way to stay involved and also to kind of understand who’s doing what. I feel better about it. If I’m away from practice for a few days, you lose track of what’s going on." Mara's nieces -- actresses Kate and Rooney -- are "responsible for putting the Mara name in lights in Hollywood, but there is little debate that football remains the family business." Mara said, "We have some very loyal fans that have been with us for a long time, who we have asked a lot from. We charge them a lot of money to buy tickets for this stadium, so you feel an obligation to put a winning team on the field, and it hurts when you don't." Patriots Owner Robert Kraft said of Mara, "I think his grandfather and father would be very proud if they knew how he handles things and represents the organization in the league and their family." Reese: "He lets me do my job. He lets Tom Coughlin do his job. But he’s always around, he’s always asking questions, and I like that about him. ... When the players see him, they know it’s important to him, and they’re like, 'Wow, the owner is out here watching practice, it’s 20 degrees out'" (Bergen RECORD, 9/1).
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