Giants’ Matriarch Ann Mara Dead at 85 After Head Injury
Ann Mara, “The First Lady of Football” has passed away early this morning (Feb. 1, Super Bowl Sunday) at the age of 85 following complications resulting from a head injury.
The news was announced by Ann’s son, John Mara, Giants’ president and chief executive officer.
As he said in a statement, “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, N.Y.) during the ice storm two weeks ago (January 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.”
He would continue, “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.”
Mrs. Mara attended almost every Giants’ game for the past 60 years and became somewhat of a viral sensation in 2011 after sassing announcer Terry Bradshaw.
Added Commissioner Roger Goodell of her passing, “Mrs. Mara was a tower of strength, dignity and inspiration for her family and all of us in the NFL. Her family and the Giants organization have always reflected Mrs. Mara’s competitive spirit, integrity, and wonderful sense of humor. Our thoughts and prayers are with John Mara and the entire Mara family.”