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Giants facing illness of co-owner Tisch

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (Nov. 14, 2005) -- The New York Giants are dealing with the terminal illness of one of their co-owners for the second time in less than a month.

Robert Tisch, 79, who purchased 50 percent of the team in 1991, has inoperable brain cancer.

On Oct. 25, Wellington Mara, who had co-owned the team since 1930, died of cancer at 89. His son John, the team's executive vice president and chief operating officer, has overseen the team's operations for the last several years.

On Saturday, the day before they faced the Minnesota Vikings at Giants Stadium, general manager Ernie Accorsi, head coach Tom Coughlin and players Tiki Barber and Michael Strahan visited Tisch at his home in Manhattan.

Sons Steve, the Giants' executive vice president; and Jonathan, the team's treasurer; addressed the players after practice the same day.

"Probably with all his assets, with all his recognition, with all his titles, the one job in his life that he most loved was co-owner of the Giants," Jonathan told the team. "My father loved the players. He loved the organization.

"Every Sunday, he was so looking forward to being in the football world. That's what brought him a lot of pleasure, and will continue to."

Tisch was the U.S. Postmaster General from 1986-88 and president and CEO of Loews Corp., a company he and his late brother, Laurence, purchased in 1959 when it was known as Loews Theaters.

He headed numerous civic and charitable organizations in New York City, including the New York Chamber of Commerce and Industry from 1990-93, and the Citizens Committee for the Democratic national conventions held in New York in 1976 and 1980. He was appointed the city's ambassador to Washington in 1980 by Mayor David Dinkins, and held the post until 1993.

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