With his faith in the goodness and the rightness of the Giant Family cause, Mara ignores such gloomy predictions. The great majority of the fans is behind the team, he says, after sheafing through his mail. Naturally, now and then, there are hostile letters, but Mara handles them with an innate grace. Not long ago, for instance, an 11-year-old girl wrote calling Mara a mean old man for trading Fran Tarkenton to the Vikings. Mara replied, giving his reasons for the trade and noting that although he had been called mean before, no one had ever called him an old man.
Several days later, Mara is pleased to report, the girl wrote back to apologize. My father says, she wrote, that anyone who would answer her letter was certainly not mean.