The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced Friday that owner Malcolm Glazer suffered a second stroke on April 30, which was just two weeks after he was admitted to the Cleveland Clinic hospital after suffering a stroke on April 16.
Glazer, 77, was released from the Cleveland Clinic after suffering the first stroke on April 24. Glazer remains hospitalized at the Cleveland Clinic after suffering the second stroke.
Both strokes have impaired Glazer’s speech and the mobility in his right arm and leg.
“Doctors expect my father to return home in the next few weeks,” said Malcolm’s son, Joel Glazer, who serves with Bryan Glazer as executive vice president of the Buccaneers. “As a result of this stroke his rehabilitation period will be longer and more challenging. Our family appreciates all the support and warm wishes that we have received.”
The Glazers purchased the Buccaneers, who at the time were one of the NFL”s losingest teams, in 1995 for $192 million. The Glazers quickly helped to turn the laughing stock of the NFL into one of the league’s best teams.
After firing head coach Sam Wyche at the end of the 1995 season, the Glazers hired Tony Dungy, who went on to bring the Bucs to the playoffs four times in six seasons, including the 1999 NFC Championship Game.
However, the Glazers fired Dungy at the beginning of the 2002 offseason, and after a long search, traded two first-round picks, two second-round picks and $8 million to the Oakland Raiders in exchange for Jon Gruden.
That same season, the Gruden-led Bucs compiled a 12-4 regular season record and went on to win their first-ever Lombardi Trophy by defeating the Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII, 48-21.
Tampa Bay made the playoffs three times from 1976-96, but under the Glazers’ guidance, the Buccaneers have earned a trip to the playoffs six times in 11 seasons, including two NFC Championship Games and one Super Bowl.
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