EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - "It was important that we have a Legacy Club and a Ring of Honor to recognize the great players and coaches and others who have made our organization what it is. Both are great reminders of the responsibility we all have in upholding the tradition of those who came before us." - Steve Tisch, Giants Chairman
John Mara this week walked into the Giants' new Legacy Club and went straight to his father Wellington's old desk. He had remembered the pieces since he was a child — the gold "F" for Fordham paperweight; the small black binoculars Wellington Mara, the former owner, used to watch games; the framed photo of Ann Mara, John's mother, taken at Yankee Stadium; the gray manual typewriter on which Wellington typed the speech he would give to usher Vince Lombardi into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The speech, on white paper with uneven lettering, is there, too, as is Wellington's briefcase, made of the same brown pebbled leather as the N.F.L.'s official football.
The Giants have carved out a space in the new stadium for their first hall of fame, which will be open soon for public tours and is now open to fans attending Giants home games for three hours before kickoff until halftime. Beyond glass doors are the plush club seats, but inside there is a bleacher bench from the old Yankee Stadium, before it was renovated.
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