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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: Feb 9, 2011
Posted on: September 4, 2011 8:51 pm
 

Bucs great Lee Roy Selmon dies at 56

RIP Lee Roy! Great player who made the Tampa franchise.



Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: September 4, 2011 8:44 pm
 

Bucs great Lee Roy Selmon dies at 56

I remember Lee Roy, and brother Lucious, on the great Oklahoma teams of the early '70's - including being part of 'The Game of the Century' (Nebraska vs. Oklahoma). I also remember Lee Roy putting some luster on a new NFL franchise that was really awful. I also remember him as a classy guy in the face of the ups and downs. 

From this Cornhusker: My deepest and sincere sympathy and prayers to the family! Memories will not be forgotten ..  




Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: September 4, 2011 8:41 pm
 

Bucs great Lee Roy Selmon dies at 56

R.I.P. Leroy ! Great player ! 



Since: Oct 25, 2006
Posted on: September 4, 2011 8:32 pm
 

Bucs great Lee Roy Selmon dies at 56

You certainly have a huge disrespect for life.  Someday, you'll grow up; until then, you really are a "LOSER."



Since: Dec 25, 2006
Posted on: September 4, 2011 8:26 pm
 

Bucs great Lee Roy Selmon dies at 56

What an idiotic thing to say.  What the hell are you smoking or are you just stupid or mean-minded.....or both?  Lee Roy Selmon a crack-smoker?  I don't think so, as a man cannot live his life as he did and be a drug addict.  Be ready for some nasty stuff heading your way as you deserve it.



Since: Jun 14, 2011
Posted on: September 4, 2011 8:25 pm
 

Bucs great Lee Roy Selmon dies at 56

Message to Stroke My Knob - You are a horse's ass and that's being polite. Why don't you crawl in a hole someplace and die. A football great passes away and that is the best thing you can say about him. The world doesn't need people like you in it.



Since: Dec 29, 2007
Posted on: September 4, 2011 8:23 pm
 

Bucs great Lee Roy Selmon dies at 56

Shut up, you piece of trash. Show a little respect.


Stroke My Knob
Since: Aug 19, 2011
Posted on: September 4, 2011 8:09 pm
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Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: September 4, 2011 8:06 pm
 

Bucs great Lee Roy Selmon dies at 56

Another heartbreaking lose to the OU family.  Been a tough year already but we may take comfort & rejoice in that Lee Roy knew our Lord and is now secure in Him.



Since: Oct 15, 2009
Posted on: September 4, 2011 8:00 pm
 

Bucs great Lee Roy Selmon dies at 56

'One of the greatest' is no cliche for Lee Roy. Legendary beyond all other defensive greats. I was fortunate enough to watch him play in Norman back in the day. He was dominant - the best ever?.... maybe.

His brothers Lucious and Dewey were greats in their own right and he was better. To be the best football player in that family is beyond comprehension. It meant you were a Hall of Famer. The Sooner state literally loves Lee Roy. He is one of our best. Thank you, Mrs. Selmon.






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