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Buccaneers owner Malcolm Glazer passes away

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Malcolm Glazer, owner of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for almost two decades, passed away Wednesday at the age of 85, the club said.

Also the Buccaneers’ president, Glazer purchased the franchise from Hugh Culverhouse in March 1995. In Glazer’s tenure as owner, the Buccaneers captured their lone NFL title to date, a 48-21 defeat of the Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII on January 26, 2003.

The club made two key coaching decisions during Glazer’s ownership, hiring Tony Dungy in 1996, then replacing Dungy with Jon Gruden in 2002. Dungy led the Buccaneers to four playoff appearances, while Gruden’s first season was capped by the Super Bowl win against Oakland, his former club. To acquire Gruden from the Raiders, the Buccaneers surrendered two first-round picks, two second-round selections and cash.

A successful businessperson and investor, Glazer also owned the world famous Manchester United soccer club. Moreover, the Glazer Family Foundation, founded in 1999, is a charitable organization that aims to help Tampa-area children and families.

“Malcolm Glazer was the guiding force behind the building of a Super Bowl-champion organization,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement on Wednesday. “His dedication to the community was evident in all he did, including his leadership in bringing Super Bowls to Tampa Bay.

“Malcolm’s commitment to the Bucs, the NFL and the people of the Tampa Bay region are the hallmarks of his legacy. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Linda, their six children and the entire Glazer family.”

According to the Buccaneers, the team will remain in the family, with Malcolm Glazer’s wife, Linda, and Glazer’s children keeping their ownership of the club. Three of Glazer’s sons — Bryan, Edward and Joel — are co-chairmen of the team.

In addition to his wife and children, Glazer is survived by 14 grandchildren.

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43 Responses to “Buccaneers owner Malcolm Glazer passes away”
  1. daysend564 says: May 28, 2014 4:16 PM

    RIP

  2. bucrightoff says: May 28, 2014 4:17 PM

    Thanks for making the Bucs relevant Malcolm. Great owner during his time.

  3. bengalskuta82 says: May 28, 2014 4:18 PM

    Sad time in Tampa. Sorry for the loss. Stay strong Buccaneer fans and the NFL fans in tampa

  4. wamj2008 says: May 28, 2014 4:21 PM

    Requiescat in pace.

  5. jgedgar70 says: May 28, 2014 4:22 PM

    Didn’t realize they have only had 2 owners. Was this sudden, or had he been ill for a while?

  6. lgbarn says: May 28, 2014 4:24 PM

    Many thanks to Mr. Glazer for making the Bucs Superbowl Champions

  7. deadeye says: May 28, 2014 4:25 PM

    He’s not really dead as long as we can find a way to remember him.

    RIP Mr. Glazer

  8. patrick33706 says: May 28, 2014 4:26 PM

    Mere longevity is a good thing for those who watch life from the sidelines. For those who relish the game, an hour may be a year, a single day’s work an achievement for eternity……thank you Mr. Glazer for all you have done for us here in Tampa!

  9. milkmandanimal says: May 28, 2014 4:26 PM

    Malcolm Glazer saved the NFL in Tampa; if he hadn’t stepped in and bought the team, it would have left and gone to Baltimore or elsewhere. He saved Tampa’s franchise and managed to make the biggest joke in football into a team that won the big one.

  10. whatnojets says: May 28, 2014 4:27 PM

    Will be missed. RIP

  11. jxt2521 says: May 28, 2014 4:28 PM

    Died at 85, was successful in his career, had six children and 14 grandchildren….. that’s what I call a great life.

  12. humanlawndart says: May 28, 2014 4:28 PM

    If it wasn’t for this man, there would not have been a Buccaneer team after Culverhouse. Give this man props! RIP Mr. Glazer!

  13. iamkillerfin says: May 28, 2014 4:28 PM

    R.I.P Mr Glazer

  14. djaehne says: May 28, 2014 4:30 PM

    Rest in peace sir, you will be missed by all.

  15. jayovalentine says: May 28, 2014 4:30 PM

    (Didn’t know he was red headed) RIP Mr. Glazer.

  16. dalfanforever says: May 28, 2014 4:30 PM

    That’s terrible. RIP.

  17. marauder6 says: May 28, 2014 4:43 PM

    R.I.P.
    You have done many great things for the city of Tampa. You will be missed.

    **what’s with all the thumbs down on other posts? Are you that heartless??**

  18. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: May 28, 2014 4:46 PM

    Not too many owners’ hair color matched the teams logo. R.I.P. Malcom.

  19. bunjy96 says: May 28, 2014 4:47 PM

    This was after a long illness.

    Great human being.

    Big loss to the Bucs.

  20. ilovefoolsball says: May 28, 2014 4:49 PM

    Rest in Peace. Let this be a reminder to everyone that you cannot take your riches with you.

    When you pass on people will remember you most by how you treated others.

  21. conormacleod says: May 28, 2014 4:50 PM

    Not a good year to be a billionaire NFL owner. 4 deceased since last October?!

  22. weepingjebus says: May 28, 2014 5:18 PM

    Sad to hear, and now time of transition for both the Bucs and the Bills. Here is my proposal: we move the Bucs to Tampa, the Bills to Buffalo, and LA gets to pound sand.

  23. doctormantistoboggan says: May 28, 2014 5:20 PM

    One of the great Amish leaders of our time.

  24. mortwannabe says: May 28, 2014 5:22 PM

    Class act and a respected owner. Just hope that douche nflpoet doesn’t tell us how this has anything to do with the Vikings.

  25. andrewluck12 says: May 28, 2014 5:38 PM

    Lots of classless saints fans thumbing down heartfelt condolences for a man who did nothing but great things for a down trodden franchise.

  26. selmonfan63 says: May 28, 2014 5:47 PM

    Had the pleasure of meeting him in Miami many years ago. I was wearing a Bucs shirt and he came up and introduced himself. Genuinely nice man.

  27. i thumbs down your comment says: May 28, 2014 5:49 PM

    He also was responsible for getting rid of those god-awful uniforms and logo from the early 90’s.

    Godspeed

  28. r8rsfan says: May 28, 2014 6:26 PM

    Manchester United just suffered one of the worst seasons in a long time on the field, legendary coach retired before the season, highly regarded replacement fails epically, now owner passes on. This will be felt even more across the pond.

  29. realfootballfan says: May 28, 2014 6:54 PM

    When he started to step back, the Bucs started going back in the direction of the Yucaneer days. R.I.P.

  30. Big Ant TV says: May 28, 2014 6:54 PM

    jon gurden is forever grateful r.i.p mr glazer not bucs fan but u did great with da team

  31. gtskyrider says: May 28, 2014 7:15 PM

    Sad day…will miss you Brother Malcolm, you definitely made some dreams come true…IT’S A BUCS LIFE!!!

  32. realnflmaster says: May 28, 2014 7:35 PM

    LA Bucs?

  33. themaddabber says: May 28, 2014 7:37 PM

    Thank you Mr. Glazer for making and keeping me a football fan. RIP

  34. cfballfan1 says: May 28, 2014 7:45 PM

    RIP Mr. Glazer & congratulations on a remarkable life. May we all strive to follow his example by striving not only for success in this life, but also successfully making a difference in his community and in peoples’ lives.

  35. evilglazers666 says: May 28, 2014 7:51 PM

    Tampa’s gift to Glazer’s kids is a free stadium and tax free status. You are welcome!

  36. bresilhac says: May 28, 2014 8:33 PM

    LA Bucs? I don’t think so. San Antonio will get an NFL team before Los Angeles. And if you doubt me, study a little history. Los Angeles has lost not one but three NFL franchises during its time in the league and is a failed NFL city. Plain and simple. San Antonio and nearby Austin together would makeup a top fifteen market for the league. San Antonians have never, ever had a chance to embrace and support their own team. Now would be a good time to change that.

    RIP Mr. Glazer.

  37. mitybuc says: May 28, 2014 8:56 PM

    Rest in Peace Mr. Glazer.

    And Big props to the entire Glazer family.

    This family rescued our franchise, made it relevant, and have made big strides with the youth (future) of our community.

    They’ve made a difference..and don’t doubt they’re near done.

  38. notoriousbuc says: May 28, 2014 8:59 PM

    Glazer did get a sweet (very, very sweet) stadium deal, but he at least gave the Bay Area a chance to hold on to the team. Most of the other potential buyers would have left tread marks from moving vans on their way to Baltimore. I am very appreciative to still have my team and therefore appreciative of Mr. Glazer. Hopefully he is at peace now after an excruciatingly long illness.

  39. bucforever says: May 28, 2014 9:19 PM

    Thanks Mr. Glazer for keeping the Bucs in Tampa Bay! Prayers to the family and the Bucs team. Maybe the team should dedicate the 2014 season to his memory.

  40. HippiePeaceAliens says: May 28, 2014 10:21 PM

    RIP Mr. Glazer. And thank you for bringing a championship to Tampa! I’ll always remember you hoisting that trophy :)

  41. noles44 says: May 28, 2014 10:41 PM

    The guy didn’t look a day over 60. Hope the Bucs go back to the 80 ‘s jerseys!

  42. louiebills says: May 29, 2014 7:04 AM

    Sorry for the los, from a Bills fan.

  43. whysomanylosers says: May 29, 2014 10:43 AM

    Thanks Mr Glazer for all you have done.

    He suffered a serious stroke many years ago and immediately dropped from public sight. I can only guess that he was in relatively bad shape for some time.

    While Malcom was clearly not a “football guy” he was a business man and it was truly apparent from the beginning that he wanted to turn the Bucs into a successful franchise. He certainly accomplished that. I attribute the Bucs recent troubles to the fact Mr Glazer was no longer around and his “kids” do not have the same business acumen that he had. The franchise suffered through non winning seasons, circus coaches and no Superbowls (both playing and hosting).

    RIP Mr. Glazer, thanks again for saving the franchise and making a difference in the community.

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