Mansfield more than a Mara family friend
By BRIAN HEYMAN
THE JOURNAL NEWS
(Original publication: November 6, 2007)
Home Sundays kick off with picking up Ann Mara at her place in Rye and driving her to Giants Stadium. Then the chauffeur from White Plains will head to the sideline to help punter Jeff Feagles with his routine during the game. And Zak DeOssie will practice long-snapping to Terry Mansfield.
All the while, there are three Mass cards tucked together in Mansfield's pocket for the departed who are near and dear to him - his dad, Joe; a friend from the Harrison Police Department, Mike O'Shea; and Ann's husband, Giants co-owner Wellington Mara.
"It's important to have the memory of my father, the memory of Mr. Mara and Mike O'Shea during all games," Mansfield said. "Every game they're there, hopefully, to bring us good luck."
He has no complaints about his. The 53-year-old former White Plains cop is loving his second career, this behind-the-scenes role with the Giants.
Mansfield gets to go to training camp in Albany, where he has looked after the Maras' grandkids; to the practices at the Meadowlands, where he drags big pads around and picks up footballs; and to all the games, home and away, working primarily with those special-teamers.
Besides assisting in the equipment department, the Stepinac and Iona College alum works for the Mara family, making sure Ann has any help she needs around the house and driving her to charity endeavors in Manhattan as well as to the games.