Thursday, March 8, 2007

Low profile socialite sings national anthem at New York Giants game.

BTW: the game was televised nationally on NBC prime time.
Kate Mara starts Giant rout in style

By Ken Palmer
Giants Insider
Date: Oct 30, 2005

Kate Mara was fabulous. Wellington Mara’s granddaughter has sung the national anthem countless times before Giants games. But never under this bright a spotlight. However, there she was, decked out in a number 89 Giants jersey with the name ‘Duke’ on the back, beautifully belting out our national anthem in front of close to 80,000 fans.

“I’ve sung the national anthem so many times here, but this time was the most important and most special,” she told TGI in the stadium tunnel moments after her stirring performance. “I knew he was watching up there.”

Mara was backed – literally and figuratively – by 36 of her cousins, which she said was “really special.”

GM Ernie Accorsi was extremely impressed by Mara’s rendition and told her so afterward.

“I was crying and I wasn’t even singing,” Accorsi said. “How could she do that? I said to her it was magnificent. I told her she did a magnificent job.”

Mara said once she got started, the nerves disappeared.

“I was more nervous that I was going to cry during the moment of silence,” she said. “It’s been a really emotional week. It’s been an amazing week, all the stories about my grandfather. I was more nervous that I was going to start crying before I sang.”

While obviously a tough situation, Mara said she never even thought about passing up the opportunity.

“I wanted to do it for my grandfather as a thank you,” the 22-year-old said. “I wanted to do it for him.”

While sad he’s gone, Mara knows that her special grandfather will always be a part of her life.

“He meant everything to me,” she said. “He’s my hero. Every Sunday is like a reunion for our family. It’s hard to know he’s not going to be here with us, but we know that he’s going to be watching and he’ll be there in spirit.”…

Somewhere above, Wellington Mara is smiling down on all his Giants. Mr. Mara certainly loved to beat the Redskins. The Giants not only beat, but embarrassed the boys from DC on Sunday, in as fitting a tribute to their beloved owner as ever.

“It means the world,” Accorsi said of the victory. “He’s such a powerful influence in everybody’s life.”

“He was a great guy,” added former Giants and current Redskins DT Cornelius Griffin. “I loved playing for him. He was always around his players. That meant a lot to him. He’d come and talk to you no matter what.”

Mara always said his favorite game was the 1986 NFC Championship Game, which was part of the moving video tribute displayed on the stadium’s big screens during halftime. He might now have a co-favorite.

“It was pretty special for us, it really was,” John Mara said. “I never in my wildest dreams expected them to pitch a shutout. I just wish he could have been there to see it.”

After the game, Eli Manning presented Mara with the game ball.

“It was pretty special,” Mara said of the gesture. “I said, ‘don’t do this to me. I don’t know if I can hold my emotions any more than I have this week.’ Obviously it’s very gratifying.”

Jeremy Shockey symbolized the thoughts of the Giants when he pointed to the heavens while running out on the field before the game.

“It was obviously a very emotional game,” Shockley said. “We know he’s up there smiling, but in the same sense he’s probably saying get ready for San Francisco.”…

While so much has been made of all of Wellington Mara’s generous and loving ways, he sure knew a little something about football at the same time.

While he was a staple at practices, he especially loved being involved in the Giants draft meetings.

“It was his favorite time of year,” John Mara said. “Day after day, he would sit there as reports were read on every prospect. No matter how remote they were, he didn’t want to miss anything and he loved interacting with our scouts. He identified with them because he had been one himself for so many years.”

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