Cancer strikes Giant family

The Giants world was rocked when it was learned that co-owner Robert Tisch was in a fight for his life. Tisch, also the billionaire chairman of the Loews Corp., was diagnosed with cancer. The 78-year-old has an inoperable brain tumor.

Tisch, who purchased 50 percent of the team from Tim Mara in 1991, has already started undergoing treatment for the disease. Reportedly, Tisch was diagnosed within the past week after having trouble with his memory. His prognosis is uncertain.

Obviously Tom Coughlin and his players were shocked and saddened by the news, which Coughlin shared with his troops at the conclusion of the morning practice. Both Tiki Barber and Michael Strahan learned of the news earlier while reading the morning papers.

"We'll try to respect the family and their wishes to keep everything private," Coughlin said. "We're very, very upset obviously about the news. The team is very upset. Mr. Tisch is a wonderful guy that's been great to me. Just a great guy. We're all kind of stunned by this. It's something we're all going to have to deal with.

"Mr. Tisch is a tremendous fighter. He has the support of everyone in this organization and the respect and admiration for the kind of quality person that he is."

The Giants released a joint statement from Wellington and John Mara.

"We respect the Tisch family wishes for privacy during this tough time. Mr. Tisch is a fighter and we are going to support him in this fight. Mr. Tisch and his family are in our thoughts and prayers."

Barber, in his eighth season with the Giants, became especially close to Tisch.

"It's a tough situation," Barber said. "He gives a ton back – to the players and the community and everything. He's been a great friend of my wife and I. It's a difficult situation for everyone involved."

Strahan said he was shocked to hear the "unbelievable" news.

"It's definitely a jolt," he said. "Our thoughts are with him. Our prayers are with him and his family. He's a great man. I remember some of the things we've gone through since I've been here and how good he's been to me. I'm definitely praying for him."

"It came as a real surprise and shock to me," safety Shaun Williams said. "I pray for the best, and hope for a miracle."

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