Family, friends, NFL stars honor Giants owner and Rye resident Mara

Family, friends and NFL players packed St. Patrick?s Cathedral Friday to pay their respects to the Giants Hall of Fame owner Wellington Mara.

Mara was known as one of the founding fathers of professional football. Football announcer John Madden called Mara the heart and soul of the NFL. Longtime Giants running back Tiki Barber led the parade of teammates into the overflowing cathedral. Big Blue legends from all eras were on hand to say goodbye.

Mara was diagnosed with cancer in April. He died at age 89 on Monday at his home in Rye with his family by his side.

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