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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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Comments

Since: Oct 12, 2009
Posted on: September 4, 2011 7:55 pm
 

Bucs great Lee Roy Selmon dies at 56

RIP.... you were an awesome person.



Since: Aug 11, 2006
Posted on: September 4, 2011 7:54 pm
 

Bucs great Lee Roy Selmon dies at 56

This is really sad. AT 56 so young by todays standards. He looked great in the picture above, and people say he was great man and was strong in faith. The Lord must have needed him on his team! RIP and bless the Selmon family........Sincerely Shaun Selman.



Since: Dec 28, 2010
Posted on: September 4, 2011 7:50 pm
 

Bucs great Lee Roy Selmon dies at 56

RIP....a great player and person....You will be missed...



Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: September 4, 2011 7:44 pm
 

Bucs great Lee Roy Selmon dies at 56

R.I.P. Lee Roy.  Best Tampa pro athlete ever, period.  You will be sorely missed.  Thoughts and prayers to the Selmon family.



Since: Jul 21, 2011
Posted on: September 4, 2011 7:43 pm
 

Bucs great Lee Roy Selmon dies at 56

We just lost a great Man. I use to work for Lee Roy Selmon at the University of South Florida. He showed appreciation towards the work I did, and I always wanted to do my best for him. Whenever he saw me working, I felt honored by his interest he showed. He gave his Love, and Tampa Bay loved him back, deeply. He will be so very missed. RIP, Mr. Selmon. We love you.



Since: Apr 13, 2009
Posted on: September 4, 2011 7:41 pm
 

Bucs great Lee Roy Selmon dies at 56

agreed, Whutevah



Since: Feb 25, 2010
Posted on: September 4, 2011 7:32 pm
 

Bucs great Lee Roy Selmon dies at 56

It’s a sad day in the Tampa Bay area.  Lee Roy Selmon was a community hero. He was universally loved. It’s fitting that USF had one of their biggest wins in team history yesterday.  Lee Roy was instrumental in getting a team at USF.  He was the Athletic Director at USF when the Bulls were started.  Lee Roy was pure class in every sense of the word.  He was one of the good guys in this world.  Only 56.  God Bless Lee Roy and his family.




Since: Oct 15, 2009
Posted on: September 4, 2011 7:29 pm
 

Bucs great Lee Roy Selmon dies at 56

Hate to hear it.  Was really hoping he'd pull through.  Thoughts and prayers are with his family.



Since: Feb 14, 2008
Posted on: September 4, 2011 7:22 pm
 

Bucs great Lee Roy Selmon dies at 56

Best wished to all the family and friends of Lee Roy Selmon and all who loved him.  May he Rest in Peace.



Since: Mar 11, 2009
Posted on: September 4, 2011 7:20 pm
 

Bucs great Lee Roy Selmon dies at 56

Turned the Bucs around by himself....From losers to a team that never gave up, and he did that...He never gave up on field, and I'm sure God said I need someone like you here...My prayers with his family and friends....


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