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Giants co-owner, NFL Hall of Famer Mara dies

Updated: December 12, 2005, 3:05 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Every NFL fan owes a huge debt to Wellington Mara, who died Tuesday at 89.

So does every owner, executive and player.

Mara, who joined the New York Giants as a ballboy the day his father purchased the team 80 years ago and became co-owner as a teenager, was the face of the franchise for more than a half century.

But he also was the patriarch of the NFL, a man who was willing for more than 40 years to split the millions in television revenues he could ...

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