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Bucs great Lee Roy Selmon dies at 56

Posted on: September 4, 2011 6:52 pm
Edited on: September 4, 2011 7:12 pm
 
Posted by Ryan Wilson

NFL Hall of Famer and former Tampa Bay Buccaneers great Lee Roy Selmon died Sunday two days after suffering a massive stroke, multiple outlets are reporting. He was 56.

Selmon was listed in critical condition Saturday morning and had shown improvement in the hours that followed. David Lewis, Selmon’s former teammate, said at the time that "The family is leaning on their faith and nobody has more faith than Lee Roy. Things like this can turn and they can turn for the best. That's what I'm hoping and praying for.

"He has too much to live for," Lewis continued. "There's no doubt in my mind that he has achieved his eternal salvation, but I want more time with him. He's my brother. I think he's going to be strong. Dewey is strong. ... I just want him to keep getting better.''

The Tampa Tribune reports that since being admitted to St. Joseph's Hospital Friday, a steady stream of family and former teammates had visited Selmon to offer support.

"I don't know what to say," former Bucs quarterback Doug Williams offered. "Nobody expects something like this to happen, but you don't control it. I'm 56, just like Lee Roy. There's not a whole lot to say."

Selmon was the first player inducted into Tampa Bay's Ring of Honor and CBSSport.com's Brett McMurphy tweeted Sunday evening that "[Selmon] was nicest man I've ever known. RIP Lee Roy."

A memorial service is planned in Tampa before Selmon's body is flown to his native Oklahoma for burial services.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 7:50 pm
 

Bucs great Lee Roy Selmon dies at 56



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Since: Dec 25, 2006
Posted on: September 6, 2011 2:27 pm
 

Bucs great Lee Roy Selmon dies at 56

mempatfan you are correct about that idiotic "stroke" (just look at his name).  CBS does need to impose at least a one year ban and if it happens again with the same person, they should be banned for life.  If any of the Selmon family even read these posts, I am sure they would just shake their head at such an idiot and/or such idiotic posts.  "stroke" either has some major mental problems or he is just simply an idiotic.



Since: Dec 25, 2006
Posted on: September 6, 2011 2:18 pm
 

Bucs great Lee Roy Selmon dies at 56

I never met Lee Roy Selmon, but I bet if I had he would have been all I ever heard he was, and that would be a very nice and gracious person.  Many wonder how good he would have been if he had had a nasty attitude.  For me, a long time Buc fan, I am glad he was the way he was.
The old Bucs were pathetic and the only thing they did right the first five years was drafting Selmon #1.  If my memory is correct, I think he got hurt in an All-star game and that back injury ended his career early.

I know an offensive tackle that played against Lee Roy.  He was a lot bigger and taller and when I asked him what it was like to block Lee Roy Selmon he just said "He would shake me like a wash cloth and throw me aside."  He was a starter for around 9 - 10 years, so he was no rookie.  I don't think too many tackles ever got the best of Lee Roy.  Also, he said Selmon was a quality person and not just a great DE.

USF is lucky they got Selmon as their A. D. and for what he did for that school. 




Since: Sep 1, 2009
Posted on: September 5, 2011 4:13 am
 

Bucs great Lee Roy Selmon dies at 56

You were a terrific player and by all accounts an even better man.

RIP mate! 



Since: Apr 30, 2007
Posted on: September 5, 2011 3:26 am
 

Bucs great Lee Roy Selmon dies at 56

I've been looking up alot of Ex NFL players of the 60's and early 70's and was shocked at how many had passed away. Alot in their 50's and 60's. It's a rough game. RIP


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Since: Aug 26, 2011
Posted on: September 5, 2011 1:55 am
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Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: September 5, 2011 1:37 am
 

Terrible news...

Lee Roy Selmon was a man who was not only a great football player, but an even better citizen.  If there is one person in the entire Tampa Bay area about whom nobody ever said a negative word, it was Mr Selmon.  He deserved better than to die so young, but at least he did pack a lot into the years he had.  
 
RIP, Mr Selmon; you will be missed. 


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