When Tim McDonnell as a teenager was a ball boy for the Giants during training camps at the University at Albany there was always a sense that he would one day be an employee of the team on a full-time basis. Not only is he a grandson of team patriarch Wellington Mara but he also seemed to understand the workings of the organization, even at a young age.
Well, McDonnell is joining the family business. He’s been hired as scout in the Giants pro personnel department after working the past eight years with the Notre Dame football program. After graduating from Holy Cross (where he played receiver), he was hired by former Irish coach Charlie Weis in 2005 as the quality control coach. He later became Notre Dame’s personnel director and remained in that position when Brian Kelly took over as head coach in 2010. McDonnell was heavily involved in the school’s recruiting operations.
McDonnell is a nephew – and also bears a resemblance to – Giants co-owner John Mara and there is certainly a feeling that McDonnell could work his way up through the ranks and, possibly, one day fill the shoes of his uncle. McDonnell was very close to Wellington Mara, who passed away at 2005. As a pro personnel scout, McDonnell will work under director of pro personnel Ken Sternfeld and evaluate talent on NFL teams.
This is a really great story. To think that the grandson of one of the pillars of the NFL is working for the team that his grandfather owned at one time is really cool. Of course, now Wellington’s son John, owns the team along with Steve Tisch.