Tampa Bay Buccaneers owner Malcolm Glazer has died at age 85, the team announced Wednesday afternoon.
Glazer purchased the Bucs in 1995 and oversaw a turnaround that built the team into a playoff contender and eventual Super Bowl champion in 2003.
“Glazer’s input was instrumental on the league level as well, as evidenced by his time serving on the NFL’s Finance Committee,” the Bucs said in a news release. “He also played a major role in Tampa becoming a host for the Super Bowl on several occasions.”
Outside of the NFL, Glazer was a giant in soccer. In 2005, he purchased the legendary soccer franchise Manchester United. During his ownership the club captured five Premier League titles -- in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2013 -- as well as winning the 2008 Champions League title.
Despite Glazer's passing, ownership of the team won't change considerably, the Bucs said. In the news release, the Bucs noted that “Mr. Glazer’s long established estate succession plan has assured the Buccaneers will remain with the Glazer family for generations to come. Linda Glazer, along with their five sons and daughter, will continue to own and operate the team as they have throughout the family’s ownership.”
Glazer, who born in Rochester, N.Y., was resident of Palm Beach. In addition to his wife, Linda, he leaves behind six children and 14 grandchildren.
The team said a private family funeral service will be held for Glazer with a memorial set for a date to be determined. In lieu of flowers, the team asks that donations be made in Glazer’s memory to All Children’s Hospital, St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, and Shriners Hospitals for Children – Tampa.
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