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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'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 20, 2006
Posted on: September 5, 2011 12:02 am

Bucs great Lee Roy Selmon dies at 56

Has anyone done a study on the life expectancy of NFL linemen and linebackers?  While watching the Oregon-LSU game yesterday, I noticed that ALL of LSU's starting offensive linemen were over 300 pounds.  I also remember the late 60's when the Jets had a player named Sherman Plunkett, who was famous for his huge size - he was one of the very few players in the league who tipped the scales at 300.

I don't know what LeRoy Selmon's playing weight was, but if you put together the weight, the concussions, the steroids (not accusing Mr. Selmon specifically of anything here), and the violence, it seems to me that anyone who can step back from the notion that football is a religion has got to be concerned.  Young men are sacrificing years, even decades, of happy times with their families in their middle age and beyond, all for the cause of football.

I can't claim to have a solution, but both the NCAA and the NFL have to address the issue, and we fans should be supportive of efforts to make the game safer.

Since: Jan 8, 2007
Posted on: September 4, 2011 11:34 pm

Bucs great Lee Roy Selmon dies at 56

one of the greatest bucs ever. truly one of the best on and off the field. RIP

Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: September 4, 2011 11:23 pm

Bucs great Lee Roy Selmon dies at 56

Too many football players from the past, before the ridiculous salaries of today, are dying at early ages.  The NFL has become a multi-billion dollar industry and players that made the NFL what it is today don't have the health care benefits or the pension from the NFL to get the proper health care benefits.  RIP Lee Roy, you are one of the greatest to ever play the game.

Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: September 4, 2011 11:15 pm

Bucs great Lee Roy Selmon dies at 56

I would guess that this is the best player on the worst team of all-time.  This might sound stupid, but I think there is great honor in that.  He spent his entire career with the Bucs, granted this was before free agency was something we talked about, but he never complained about where he was!  RIP LeeRoy, you had a great career in your own way.  The NFL needs more players like you!

Since: Jul 27, 2011
Posted on: September 4, 2011 11:05 pm

Bucs great Lee Roy Selmon dies at 56

Lee Roy was the ultimate Man, he was known around the league as a great NFL player but if you belong to the Tampa Bay community you know him for much much more than that, he was someone that touched everyone that had a privledge of meeting him, he would treat everyone as if they were his best friend and was just like another Father, you will be GREATLY MISSED, God Bless you and your family-JM

Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: September 4, 2011 11:02 pm

Bucs great Lee Roy Selmon dies at 56

I remember as a kid watching him chase Ron Jaworski around all day in the 79 playoffs I beleive it was. Very scary man!!!!!! RIP Mr. Selmon.

Since: Oct 26, 2006
Posted on: September 4, 2011 10:35 pm

Bucs great Lee Roy Selmon dies at 56

I agree mempatfan, but I disagree thought that I want a lifetime ban on one of my sites. I don't want to read garbage like that anywhere. 

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: September 4, 2011 10:03 pm

Bucs great Lee Roy Selmon dies at 56

I knew when ESPN said his family was rushing to his side that he was in trouble,  Horrible day as a fan of his and I wish only the best for his loved ones.  Lee Roy, you kicked ass and you will be missed.  I hate it when heroes die.

Since: Feb 25, 2010
Posted on: September 4, 2011 9:59 pm

Bucs great Lee Roy Selmon dies at 56

I hear ya ARGO444.  Anyway Lee Roy was a hero to all not just Tampa Bay.  He was a great human being, period.

Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: September 4, 2011 9:56 pm

Bucs great Lee Roy Selmon dies at 56

Lee Roy Selmon was an awesome football player and a caring, loving human being. I'm only 6 years younger than he is and this saddens me greatly. But, as others have said, at least he knew the Lord and is now safe with Him. Prayers go out to his family, ex-teammates and friends.

It's a good thing the CBS administrator removed the idiotic posts by Stroke. But CBS needs to do more. A one-year ban from this site for these kind of lowlifes would be a good start. Freedom of speech only goes so far.

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