Malcolm Brought The AttitudeDecember 9th, 2012
Joe’s been a bit surprised he hasn’t heard Malcolm Glazer’s name mentioned amid all the endless hype surrounding today’s 10-year anniversary celebration of the 2002 Super Bowl champion Buccaneers.
Say what you want about the elder Glazer, who’s been about of the public eye for years because of serious health issues, it was his winning-is-everything mentality that drove the Bucs’ glory years.
Essentially, Glazer bought the team in 1995 and went all out to build a winner from arguably the worst-run franchise in professional sports.
He chased big-name coaches, strong-armed the community to build a stadium, and spent gobs of money on payroll and wasn’t satisfied with merely being a lasting contender. A title was the primary goal, and the historic future-mortgaging ransoms paid for Keyshawn Johnson and Jon Gruden (four first-round picks and two second-round picks) were evidence that Glazer would pay any price. As Raheem Morris might say, “Glazer took his underwear off, put on his big boy pads, and put his face on people.”
Glazer intentionally shunned the limelight but was greatly involved. Consider these St. Pete Times quotes from Chucky and Rich McKay back in ’04.
“The reality is he’s very much with his sons on top of the everyday goings on here,” Gruden said. “I’m not just talking about the X’s and O’s. I’m talking about player personnel, the facility, every aspect of the organization.”
Rich McKay, the Bucs’ general manager from 1995 to 2003 who now holds the same job with the Atlanta Falcons, said Glazer does not micromanage. “He states his expectations and does it in a simplistic manner. You know what results he wants. … He told me the big picture and you run with it.”
Joe just felt, given how much the founder of Team Glazer has been ignored this week, that it was important to remember his contribution to the title.