Warrick Dunn, Dave Moore, UK sites on Malcolm Glazer's death
Some more reaction to the death of Bucs owner Malcolm Glazer:
* Former running back Warrick Dunn said Mr. Glazer wasn’t like other owners he dealt with. He was quieter, a businessman who did most of his work behind the scenes.
“He wasn’t one of those guys that loved being in the spotlight, in front of the media,” Dunn said. “He was more of an individual that just wanted to have a successful product.”
When Mr. Glazer was around the players, Dunn said he was quiet but friendly. He asked about players’ families.
And before every home game, he shook the hand of every player.
“He probably had the softest hands out of anybody I ever shook hands with,” former tight end Dave Moore said. “We used to kind of kid about it.”
They joked, but they appreciated the gesture. I spoke with three former Bucs yesterday; they all mentioned it.
“You could tell by the way he looked you in the eye and spoke to you, it was genuine,” said Moore, who spent parts of 13 seasons with the Bucs.
Mr. Glazer’s simple move also seemed to represent his persona. It was small but meaningful, without much hoopla. It didn’t happen on the field, in front of thousands of fans and TV cameras. It happened in the locker room, where only the players and coaches could see.
“That’s something that you respect,” Dunn said. “It wasn’t about him. It was about the team.”
* Dunn said Mr. Glazer’s legacy spreads across the community, but his lasting impression in Tampa Bay sports is simple: “Their footprint is being the owners that brought the Super Bowl to Tampa.”
Moore said Mr. Glazer deserves credit for coming up with the blueprint to turn the Bucs from a doormat to a champion by revamping everything from the front office to the facilities.
“It certainly wasn’t in place when he got here,” Moore said. “He had a vision of how he was going to make this thing work and he put the right pieces in the right places.”
* Mr. Glazer is remembered quite differently across the Atlantic, where he owned Manchester United.
The Telegraph’s John White: “To paraphrase John F Kennedy, when he took over the club Malcolm Glazer was not interested in what he might do for Manchester United. He was solely motivated by what Manchester United might do for him.”
The Guardian: “Despite the hostility to Glazer’s purchase of United, his ownership coincided with the most successful era of the club’s history.”
BBC: “Unpopular and unforgettable.”