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Thursday, May 29, 2014
Morning Roar: Lions offer condolences

By Michael Rothstein

The Lions, lying in wait for the new year ...

The National Football League lost an owner on Wednesday and the world lost one of the top literary talents of the last century. Both had some ties to the Lions.

Malcolm Glazer owned the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, tying him to the Lions as an owner of one of the other NFL franchises. Maya Angelou and Lions head coach Jim Caldwell knew each other from their time together at Wake Forest, where Caldwell coached football and Angelou was a famed professor.

Caldwell offered his condolences Wednesday to his old friend.

"She was extremely impactful. You look at just the body of her work and what a difference that made for our society from a cultural standpoint, and from a social standpoint as well," Caldwell said in a statement. "She influenced a number of students and folks, like myself, who worked there at the university, who had the great fortune of coming into contact with her.

"She invited me to her home and she had a reception for me to get to know people within the community. She was on the faculty there for many years and one of the beloved literary giants in our lifetime."

Later in the day, Detroit team president Tom Lewand offered sympathies to the Glazer family. The Lions went through a similar period of grieving and transition when William Clay Ford Sr. died earlier this year.

"Mr. Glazer will forever be remembered as one of the most accomplished sportsmen of our time," Lewand said in a statement. "Leading Tampa Bay to its first ever Super Bowl Championship, and also owning one of world’s most famous soccer teams, Manchester United, which won five Premier League titles under his ownership.”

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