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Catching up with Mark Bavarro

BOXFORD -- He was an integral part of two Super Bowl championships for the New York Giants, in 1987 and 1990.

A two-time Pro Bowler, Mark Bavaro played six seasons (1985-90) with the Giants, helping them to a 39-20 win over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXI and a 20-19 win over the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXV.

"It means a lot more now then it did then," said the Massachusetts native of the Super Bowls. "When it’s happening you take it in stride and it’s part of the job. You are happy you achieve it, but you don’t realize the importance of it until later on in life.

"Now that I am out of football and when I get together with old football players who never had much success in the playoffs, never mind the Super Bowl, I realize how fortunate I was to be on such a good team with a great coach [Bill Parcells]. I can look back with a lot of satisfaction on my career where a lot of guys look back with some frustration and some regret. I do not have that."

These days, Bavaro, 41, resides in Boxford with his wife, Susan, and the two of them have three children: Grace, 16, Dominique, 14, and Lucas, 10.

"I chose to live here because I grew up in this area [Danvers]," said Bavaro, who was an All-American in football at Danvers High School. "I’ve been a lot of places in the country and this is the best area I know of. It’s the best place to raise kids, best place to live and it’s just the best. I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.

"My family means everything to me. They are what I live for and that’s what I work for. They are who and what I do everything for in my life right now."

After football, Bavaro became a sales trader for an equity block-trading firm, where he trades big blocks of stocks for institutions and hedge funds.

"We don’t invest anyone’s money or deal with money," said Bavaro. "When a big institution and a hedge fund wants to trade a big block of stocks like tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands or a million shares of stocks we go down to the Florida stock exchange and get it done for them or we sign the other side of the trade hopefully bringing customers together.

"It’s fun and it’s a relationship business. You have to get to know guys and they trust you with these big orders. You have to prove to them that you can handle them because for them it’s a lot of money. It’s not our money, but if we screw it up, it will be our money plus it will be their money too."

Bavaro found out about the job through one of his former teammates.

"One of my old teammates from the Giants, Phil McConkey, was working in this business and he persuaded me to take the necessary tests and start working," said Bavaro. "They have an office out of Greenwich, Conn., and they just opened up a Boston office about two years ago, which I started working out of."

Bavaro played a total of nine seasons in the NFL. He played six seasons with New York, one season with the Cleveland Browns (1992) and two with the Philadelphia Eagles (1993-94).

For his career, Bavaro caught 351 passes for 4,733 yards and 39 touchdowns. His best season came in 1985, when Bavaro caught 66 passes for 1,001 yards and four touchdowns with the Giants.

During his time with Giants, Bavaro had a chance to play for Bill Parcells and Bill Belichick, who was an assistant under Parcells at the time.

"It was a great experience playing for them," said Bavaro. "It wasn’t fun and it was a lot of hard work. They weren’t guys who you played for to have a good time. You studied, you went out and practiced everyday, you worked out, you lived right, you played hard on Sundays, and you played to win. When everybody is on the same page and doing the same thing and working at the same intensity level you achieve success. They gave me a lot of satisfaction and a lot fulfillment in my job."

Bavaro currently follows three teams in the NFL. He follows the Patriots for Belichick, the Cowboys for Parcells, and the Giants because he played there and for Tom Coughlin, who was also on Parcells’ coaching staff with the Giants. 

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