Malcolm Glazer Attends Game
Sunday's turnout at Raymond James Stadium included 65,178 spectators and one very happy owner.
Malcolm Glazer attended Tampa Bay's 31-14 triumph against New Orleans, marking his first appearance at a Buccaneers game since he suffered two debilitating strokes two weeks apart in April 2006. 'It was great for me,' Jon Gruden said after a brief visit with the franchise's 79-year-old owner after the game. 'It was terrific to see the man here today.'
Glazer purchased the team in 1995. Security was particularly tight as the Palm Beach resident was led in a wheelchair toward a waiting van by an entourage more than an hour after Tampa Bay's lopsided victory. Glazer was driven out of the stadium while his wife, Linda, sat in the front seat.
Glazer's first stroke left him with impaired speech and limited mobility in his right arm and leg. He was readmitted to a hospital two weeks later with a second stroke and hadn't been seen at a Buccaneers game until Sunday's visit.
Before the two strokes, Glazer rarely missed a Bucs game, either home or away, and could usually be seen on the field before kickoff, chatting with General Manager Bruce Allen or Glazer's sons, executive vice presidents Bryan and Joel Glazer.
In 2005, the Glazer family purchased Manchester United in one of the biggest deals in sports annals, acquiring the prestigious Premier League soccer club for more than $1.5 billion. 'It made us all feel good to see our owner back in our stadium once again,' said Gruden, who gave Malcolm a game ball. 'He's a heck of a guy.'
Ira Kaufman, The Tampa Tribune 17 September 2007