BY: John Mamola
The news of Tampa Bay Buccaneers owner Malcolm Glazer’s passing sent shock waves through the Tampa Bay area and around the sports landscape on Wednesday afternoon. Glazer had been in failing health since April 2006 when a pair of strokes left him with impaired speech and limited mobility in his right arm and leg, but the memories of his successes with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Tampa Bay region remain strong in the minds and hearts of many.
Buccaneers radio analyst Dave Moore joined WDAE’s ‘The Ron and Ian Show’ on Thursday to express his thoughts on the passing of Glazer.
“I remember him coming around the locker room shaking everybody’s hands before the game. He had a genuine way about him where he was truly rooting for the players and the team to be successful,” said Moore who played for the Buccaneers from 1992-2001.
“To be able to do what they’ve done (Glazer family) to a franchise and change the face of how it was done. It was a small operation before they got here, and then once they took over obviously the marketing, community relations, ticket sales, changed the uniforms and colors. They did a lot and really did a lot for this Tampa Bay area.”
Malcolm and the Glazer family bought the Bucs in 1995 for a then-NFL record of $192 million.
"Malcolm Glazer was the guiding force behind the building of a Super Bowl-champion organization," NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. "His dedication to the community was evident in all he did, including his leadership in bringing Super Bowls to Tampa Bay."
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