Buccaneers owner Glazer suffers second stroke

Updated: May 19, 2006, 8:41 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

Tampa Bay Buccaneers owner Malcolm Glazer has been hospitalized at the Cleveland Clinic after suffering a second stroke in two weeks, the team announced Friday night.

The most recent stroke occurred April 30, the team revealed in a statement, apparently while Glazer was convalescing at his Palm Beach, Fla., home after the first incident.

"Doctors expect my father to return home in the next few weeks," said son Joel Glazer, a Bucs vice president. "As a result of this [second] stroke, his rehabilitation period will be longer and more challenging. Our family appreciates all the support and warm wishes that we have received."

Joel Glazer is one of three sons who hold the title of executive vice president, and the trio is responsible for the Bucs' day-to-day operation.

There was no hint that Glazer, 77, had experienced the setback. As was the case with the first stroke, Tampa Bay officials waited more than a week after the incident to make the news of Glazer's health public.

The first stroke occurred April 16, Easter Sunday, and the Bucs announced eight days later that Glazer had returned home to begin rehabilitation. There were no further details on the second stroke. The initial stroke impaired Glazer's speech and affected his mobility in his right arm and right leg.

Glazer purchased the Bucs in 1995 from the estate of Hugh Culverhouse, the deal coming after failed attempts to acquire other NFL franchises. The franchise fee of $192 million was an NFL record at the time. Under his stewardship, the Bucs have gone from being laughingstocks to a model franchise, and the resurgence was culminated after the 2002 season, when Tampa Bay won Super Bowl XXXVII.

The team has won three division titles and earned six playoff berths during Glazer's ownership.

The Glazer Family Foundation has become a major charitable force in the Tampa area.

In 2005, Glazer and his family gained control of legendary English soccer club Manchester United with a $1.47 billion stock buyout.

Len Pasquarelli is a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com. To check out Len's chat archive, click here Insider.

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