March 2, 2021 |
While we may be better known for our skills on the tennis courts or golfing greens, Hamptonites still know a thing or two about football. In fact, we have a lot of NFL players, owners and characters that call the Hamptons home.
As we ready celebrations for Super Bowl LV, we thought it might be appropriate to give our NFL locals a shout out. As for whether these legendary names are rooting for the Chiefs or the Buccaneers, we won't tell.
Starting with the obvious, Giants quarterback Eli Manning and his wife Abby Mcgrew reside part time at their contemporary-style Quogue residence. The three-story home sits on a sprawling property that features a massive swimming pool and private deck off the second level that leads directly to the beach.
Speaking of Giants, the team's former tight end Vyto Kab (who also played for Detroit Lions and the Philadelphia Eagles) was a Southampton resident until he sold his massive 12,900-square-foot, four-level home - though he allegedly continues to rent in the area. Kab sold his first property to Brooke Shields and Chris Henchy in 2013, and the couple still lives there.
Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch
Giants’ co-owner Jonathan Tisch lives on Ocean Road in Bridgehampton with his wife Lizzie Tisch. He might be more interested in sports betting then the actual game, which he believes had a significant role in improved NFL television ratings.
“If you’re betting on a certain game," Tisch told CNBS’ Power Lunch, "you’re going to watch to see what happens and you’re going to watch until the bitter end because there are many games that are won on a field goal with three seconds left."
For two decades, Miami Dolphins co-owner and real estate developer Stephen M. Ross has owned a home on West Neck Lane in North Sea. Another Hamptonite also had an investment in that team, however ornamental it was.
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Jennifer Lopez once had a part in the Dolphins, though she had to part with her portion after a divorce from her musician husband Marc Anthony. She also performed during Super Bowl LIV's Half Time show, so she's basically NFL royalty.
Lopez isn't the only local female with her name in the game. Former Detroit Lions owner Martha Firestone Ford has been a long-time Hamptonite with a property on East Hampton’s Nichols Lane.
Finally, Randy Lerner, former majority owner of the Cleveland Browns, lives a quiet life in Amagansett filled with reading, writing and farming. Quite the change from rowdy Sunday nights football, but we're sure happy to have him here.
Who knew the Hamptons was such a pig skin city? Three cheers for all our NFL fans and friends, and whoever you're rooting for this Sunday, we know our little community will stay winning.
Photography by: Dave Adamson; David X Prutting/BFA.com; Neil Rasmus/BFA.com