Monday, September 5, 2011

Lee Roy Selmon passes away

Lee Roy Selmon

This is very sad. Pro Football Hall of Famer, University of Oklahoma legend, the greatest player in the history of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the driving force behind the growth of the University of South Florida football program, all apt descriptions of one Lee Roy Selmon.

Selmon died Sunday at a Tampa area hospital, just two days after suffering a massive stroke at his Tampa area home. Lee Roy Selmon was 56-years-old.

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Lee Roy Selmon was an all-american football player at the University of Oklahoma. He went there and followed in the footsteps of his brother Luscious. He played on the same team as his brother Dewey.

Lee Roy was the #1 pick of the 1976 draft by the Buccaneers. He never played for another team. Six Pro Bowl nods, the 1979 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, he was just that good.

Selmon retired in 1986 but remained an active part of the Tampa Bay area. He had a restaurant, he was a banker and he helped raise the money to start the USF football program in the early '90's.

Lee Roy Selmon lived a full life. He accomplished more in his 56 years than most people do in 80. There is and has never been a person who could say anything bad about the man. He did what you are supposed to do. Be successful, be open, be personable, give back and help others.

Lee Roy Selmon, we salute you. We salute your family and we salute everything you accomplished. Peace to you and your family.

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