Mara knows Giants must earn back fans’ trust

John Mara has lived through nearly all of the heartbreak the Giants have produced during his lifetime.

At 67, he’s old enough to have seen Vince Lombardi leave for Green Bay and Tom Landry march off to Dallas to produce Hall of Fame careers with two of the NFL’s most iconic franchises.

He heard the derisive chants of “Goodbye Allie” as the man chosen ahead of Lombardi and Landry presided over a decline in the 1960s that stretched nearly to the end of the ’70s.

He saw Sam Huff forever wounded by the trade to Washington.

He watched in horror as Joe Pisarcik’s ill-fated handoff caromed off Larry Csonka and into the waiting arms of Herman Edwards in the final moments of a Nov. 18, 1978 game against the Eagles. It would be called “The Fumble,” a moment that has been dubbed the worst in franchise history. A week later, some fans burned their tickets before the team’s next home game. And two weeks after that, he saw the plane fly over Giants Stadium, carrying the banner “15 Years of Lousy Football. We’ve Had Enough.”

Yet none of it — not even some of the more recent disappointment that includes the infamous stunt by Odell Beckham Jr. and some teammates posing on a boat off the coast of south Florida before a playoff game they lost in Green Bay, Eli Manning’s senseless benching, and two years of losing football under…

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