NFL Hometown Hall-of-Famer

Pro Football Hall of Fame and Allstate Insurance Company to Honor Wellington Mara as “Hometown Hall of Famer™” at Loyola School in New York

National Program Recognizes Pro Football’s Greatest Legends in their Hometown Communities

Canton, Ohio – Nov. 15, 2013 – National Football League legend Wellington Mara will be recognized by the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Allstate Insurance Company in New York on Friday, Nov. 22, as part of “Hometown Hall of Famers™,” a national program honoring the hometown roots of the sport’s greatest coaches, players, and contributors with special ceremonies and plaque dedication events in local communities.

“’Hometown Hall of Famers™’ has been warmly embraced by communities and Hall of Famers alike,” said George Veras, Pro Football Hall of Fame Enterprises president and CEO. “We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Allstate to bring the Pro Football Hall of Fame to communities across the country and remember the legacy of Wellington Mara and congratulate Loyola School on bringing a piece of the Pro Football Hall of Fame to New York.”

A legendary NFL owner and graduate of Loyola School in Manhattan, Mara will be honored with his “Hometown Hall of Famer™” plaque during a special ceremony at 1:30 p.m. ET on Friday, Nov. 22, in the school’s gymnasium, where the plaque will live permanently to serve as an inspiration for the school’s students. The presentation will be made by John Mara, Wellington’s son and president and CEO of the New York Giants.

“To be part of a program that brings the prestige and tradition of the Pro Football Hall of Fame to communities like New York is an honor for Allstate, our agents and employees,” said Lisa Cochrane, Allstate’s senior vice president of marketing.

The ceremony will be attended by Loyola School students, faculty, staff, alumni and Mara’s family members and close friends. Loyola School President Tony Oroszlany will serve as the Master of Ceremonies.

In addition to the plaque, a commemorative Wellington Mara “Hometown Hall of Famers™” road sign will be on display in New York.

A New York native, Wellington Mara was the son of the late Timothy J. Mara, who founded the New York Giants. From a young age, Mara’s life was devoted to the NFL. After graduating from Loyola School, Mara attended Fordham University where he continued to be involved with the Giants and drafted and signed future Hall of Famer Tuffy Leemans in 1936. Mara officially joined the Giants in 1937 as a part-time assistant to the president, eventually working his way up to president in 1965. 

Mara is one of the most respected, knowledgeable and successful executives in pro football history. Thanks in large part to his extensive experience and skill in organization, player personnel, trading and drafting, the Giants became a powerhouse team in the late 1950s and early 1960s. From 1956 to 1963 alone, the Giants won six divisional championships and the 1956 NFL title. Over the course of his 68-season tenure, Mara helped produce 16 NFL/NFC divisional titles and four NFL championships.

From 1984 to 2005, Mara served as president of the National Football Conference. He had also served on the Hall of Fame and realignment committees, as co-chairman of the long-range planning committee and on the NFL Management Council’s executive committee. Mara was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1997. He passed away in 2005 at the age of 89.

Mara is the 87th Hall of Famer to be recognized by Allstate and the Pro Football Hall of Fame as part of the “Hometown Hall of Famers™” program, which is in its third years. More than 120,000 high school students have enjoyed receiving the “Hometown Hall of Famer™” plaque from Pro Football Hall of Famers. Fans can visit the Pro Football Hall of Fame website to view a full list of honorees and learn more about the “Hometown Hall of Famers™” program, and can view event videos at www.youtube.com/allstate under the ‘Sports’ tab.

About the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Enterprises
The Pro Football Hall of Fame is dedicated to educating, preserving, and honoring the great individuals and moments that have shaped the sport’s history with the largest collection in the world of artifacts and documents. The Hall of Fame is celebrating its 50 Years 2012-13. The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enterprises represents the Pro Football Hall of Fame and its members in the creation of commercial ventures, featuring Hall of Famers to serve the mission of the PFHOF to enable football fans and the general public to have greater access and interactions with Hall of Famers and the Hall of Fame.

About Allstate
The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, serving approximately 16 million households through its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names and Allstate Financial business segment. Allstate branded insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services are offered through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives, as well as via www.allstate.com, www.allstate.com/financial and 1-800 Allstate®, and are widely known through the slogan “You’re In Good Hands With Allstate®.” As part of Allstate’s commitment to strengthen local communities, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate employees, agency owners and the corporation provided $29 million in 2012 to thousands of nonprofit organizations and important causes across the United States.

Contact:
George Veras, Pro Football Hall of Fame
216-244-1286      
George.Veras@profootballhof.com  

Laura Strykowski, Allstate Media Relations
847-402-5600
Laura.Strykowski@allstate.com
Taryn Parker, Taylor
847-380-0375
tparker@taylorstrategy.com

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—Posted: November 14, 2013
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