O'Hara glad Mara is key figure for owners in negotiations

As the owners and players slowly make some progress that has sparked optimism around the league a new collective bargaining agreement could be struck in time for training camps to start on time, Shaun O’Hara is glad New York Giants owner John Mara is intricately involved.

Mara was present in the Chicago suburbs for the first round of face-to-face meetings between the parties last week. He’s been a central figure throughout. O’Hara, the Giants’ representative to the NFLPA, told Paul Schwartz of the New York Post that is a good thing.

One of the things the players appreciate about John Mara is the Giants, it's in his blood,” O’Hara said. “This isn't a business, this isn't something he bought and he's planning on flipping it.

“That's not why he's in it, he's in it for the game. His father (Wellington Mara) made a number of decisions to benefit the league, things he could have done just to benefit the Giants, but he chose to do what was right for the league. It's reassuring to know that he's there.

“The problem is, there's 31 other guys, and getting 32 of them to agree on one thing is a challenge in and of itself.”

From the sounds of things, the other 31 and the players are slowly making some progress.

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