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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: Mar 9, 2011
Posted on: September 4, 2011 7:20 pm
 

Bucs great Lee Roy Selmon dies at 56

One of the best who ever played the game, truly a great man even outside of football RIP Lee Roy Selmon




Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: September 4, 2011 7:07 pm
 

Bucs great Lee Roy Selmon dies at 56

Sad.  A very good man and a great football player.  The University of Oklahoma won't see his kind again.



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: September 4, 2011 7:05 pm
 

Bucs great Lee Roy Selmon dies at 56

I will always remember Selmon ab a very good football player and a class person. Hope you are at peace.



Since: Jul 27, 2009
Posted on: September 4, 2011 7:05 pm
 

Bucs great Lee Roy Selmon dies at 56

very sad day in tampa bay. he will be missed.



Since: Oct 15, 2007
Posted on: September 4, 2011 7:04 pm
 

Bucs great Lee Roy Selmon dies at 56

Sad, truly sad to see him pass at such a young age. He was a great player and a great man. Very sorry to see him go.



Since: Mar 12, 2008
Posted on: September 4, 2011 7:03 pm
 

Bucs great Lee Roy Selmon dies at 56

One of the greatest both on and off the field.  Its a sad day in Tampa Bay.  Rest in peace Mr. Selmon.




Since: Feb 25, 2010
Posted on: September 4, 2011 7:03 pm
 

Bucs great Lee Roy Selmon dies at 56

It is 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.



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