Tampa Bay Buccaneers owner Malcolm Glazer was admitted to a hospital in Cleveland after suffering a stroke on April 16.
The Bucs did not release the severity of Glazer’s stroke, but a statement released by the team stated that the stroke impaired Glazer’s speech and the mobility in his right arm and leg.
Glazer, 77, was released from the Cleveland Clinic on Monday.
“On behalf of the entire Glazer family, I want to thank everyone at the Cleveland Clinic for their outstanding care,” said Malcolm’s son, Joel Glazer, who serves with Bryan Glazer as executive vice president of the Buccaneers. “My father’s spirits are high and doctors expect his condition to improve with rehabilitation.”
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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