To start, let's quote (courtesy of friend of 'The Drive with Charlie & Dan', Darryl Slater of nj.com) New York Giants offensive tackle, Evan Neal, “Why would a lion concern himself with the opinion of a sheep?...The person that’s commenting on my performance, what does he do? Flip hot dogs and hamburgers somewhere?”
As the New York Giants made the University at Albany their summer home from 1997-2012, those that worked in the Great Danes' athletic department enjoyed a firsthand look at Big Blue's internal operation, the heartbeat of any team. Gauging from Saquon Barkley's about-face contract Tuesday, things haven't changed much.
New York Giants owners John Mara and Steve Tisch have continued to show the desire to keep franchise players happy and in Big Blue uniforms for their entire careers. It is apparent that Saquon Barkley is one of those players.
John Mara is president and CEO of the Giants. Mara is the person that most Big Blue fans recognize as the team owner. The other owner, Steve Tisch, is the team's chairman and executive vice president. However, Tisch has spent most of his tenure in the behind the scenes, especially over the past few years after suffering a loss of his daughter in August of 2020. Following the Giants' 31-24 victory on Sunday, the 73 year-old film and television producer had some enthusiastic words about his team.
Woody Johnson, along with his brother Christoper, purchased the New York Jets from fellow billionaire Leon Hess in 2000. For the first decade as NFL owners, the heirs to the Johnson & Johnson fortune enjoyed watching their investment go to the playoffs in six times. However, the Band Aid brothers wanted more. Their stadium partners, the New York Giants had won two Super Bowls in that same decade. The Johnsons, rightfully so, wanted a Lombardi Trophy of their own and trust me, so did their fans.