Kate Mara’s British Ex-Boyfriend Kicked The Lombardi Trophy
Actress Kate Mara and her sister Rooney are the closest thing we have to NFL royalty, and it's in a way that is unlikely to ever be replicated. They are the great-granddaughters of both New York Giants founder Tim Mara and Pittsburgh Steelers founder Art Rooney, Sr.
That's right: their dad's family owns the Giants and their mom's family owns the Steelers.
Their father, Timothy Christopher is a scout and the VP of player evaluation for the Giants, and the brother of current Giants co-owner and CEO John Mara. Their mother is Kathleen Rooney, the granddaughter of Art Rooney Sr and sister of current Steelers co-owner and president Art Rooney II.
So when Kate Mara made a recent appearance on Conan O'Brien's late night show, the NFL-loving host took the opportunity to address the fact that the Giants and the Steelers are playing each other this upcoming Sunday. The two teams facing off is a rarity as they play in different conferences, but this year their respective divisions were paired for cross-conference play.
Her take on the intra-family rivalry was an optimistic one, though.
"The good news is that we always win. Someone's always happy!"
That is, unless you are the British boyfriend coming by for a visit at the same time as the NFL's most coveted piece of hardware.
In their conversation Mara revealed that she tends to date English men who love soccer rather than American football, which is understandable for someone who has been immersed in the NFL culture since birth. And while her current boyfriend, Jamie Bell, has quickly made himself a Giants aficionado, she said that she did have an ex a while back who had a very rough time with the Lombardi Trophy.
“He was a very enthusiastic man and he put on the gloves and then he went to lift up the trophy, but he lifted it up from the base, which we didn’t know wasn’t connected to the trophy, and it fell,” Mara explained. “He was wearing these steel-toed boots, he was a pretty good soccer player, and he kicked his foot up and caught the trophy with his boot and then caught it in his hands. And he dented, just a tiny part."
Mara recalled that her father stood in the other room shaking his head, and that the relationship didn't survive much longer.
“And that was the end. We broke up, and that was it,” Mara said.
That's a tough break. I bet that guy is a Dallas Cowboys fan now.
You can watch the interview clip here: