Tom Clancy has asked Baltimore Colts Hall of Famer John Mackey to joinhis NFL investment group, giving Baltimore two ownership groups with thepotential of providing the league with its first black owner.
Clancy, the Maryland-based author, and his partner, movie producer andbusinessman James Robinson, extended an offer to Mackey on Wednesday afterseveral months of discussions. In addition to being an investor, Mackey alsowould be a candidate for general manager, Robinson said.
"The more talent we can bring together, the stronger our team will be,"Robinson said.
Mackey was not immediately available for comment, but he told The EveningSun, "I'm elated, but will go back home to California, talk with friends Irespect for their knowledge and make a decision."
Clancy was introduced to Mackey by David Cohan, a lawyer who has helpedClancy with his NFL bid and who negotiated Mackey's player contract more than20 years ago, Clancy said.
Mackey would bring to the group an insider's knowledge of football andfootball players, Clancy said. Mackey was the first president of the NFLPlayers Association, the union of football players.
"It's also relevant to say he's the best tight end who ever lived," Clancysaid.
Mackey, now a sales marketing consultant living in Long Beach, Calif.,retired from football in 1972 after 10 seasons, 331 receptions, 5,236 yardsand 38 touchdowns. He played in five Pro Bowls and was inducted into the Hallof Fame this year.
He came to the Colts as a second-round draft pick from Syracuse Universityand played here until 1971, developing a reputation as a devastating blockerand someone who could run over tacklers after receptions. He ended his careerwith the San Diego Chargers.
Earlier this week, Leonard "Boogie" Weinglass, head of a rival ownershipgroup, announced the addition of another former Colt, Joe Washington, to hisinvestors. He said Washington, who is black, might serve as general manager ifWeinglass were to get a team.
The NFL has not had a black general manager.
Among the five cities competing for an NFL team, only St. Louis has ablack investor: former Chicago Bears great Walter Payton.
Florida businessman Malcolm Glazer also is seeking to own a team inBaltimore.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun