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Lee Roy Selmon hospitalized after stroke

Posted on: September 2, 2011 7:26 pm
Edited on: September 3, 2011 11:52 am
 
Pro and College Football Hall of Famer Lee Roy Selmon remained in "critical condition" at St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa, Fla, on Saturday, a day after suffering a stroke.

David Lewis, a former Tampa Bay Bucs teammate of Selmon's told The Tampa Tribune, that Selmon was showing signs of improvement and was breathing on his own. Selmon was able to squeeze the hand of his son, Lee Roy Jr., and recognized family members, including older brothers Lucious and Dewey, who flew from Oklahoma to Tampa on Friday, Lewis told the Tribune.

Selmon suffered a stroke in his home on Friday, University of South Florida spokesperson Michael Hoad said. A nursing supervisor at St. Joseph's Hospital said Saturday morning Selmon was in critical condition.

On Friday evening, WTSP-Ch. 10 in Tampa, Fla., quoting three unnamed sources, incorrectly reported that Selmon had died. Soon afterwards, a spokesperson with Selmon's restaurant released a statement expressing "deepest and most profound sorrow that we learned of our dear friend Lee Roy Selmon's passing this afternoon."

Then WTSP-Ch. 10 retracted its report and reported Dewey Selmon told the station Lee Roy was on life support and making progress.

Oklahoma spokesperson Kenny Mossman also posted on Twitter that Selmon was in fact still alive: "Just talked to Selmon family. Lee Roy has not passed away as of [7:37 ET]."

An hour after the restaurant released the statement, the spokesperson at Selmon's restaurant apologized and said the statement had been "prematurely released."

Selmon is 56. He was an All-American at the University of Oklahoma before being drafted as the No. 1 pick of the Tampa Bay Bucs in 1976, playing nine seasons until retiring because of a back injury.

After his playing days with the Bucs ended, he remained in Tampa. He was formerly an assistant athletic director and then athletic director at the University of South Florida until stepping down in February 2004 because of high blood pressure. Before resigning Selmon took a six-week sabbatical in January 2004 because of "heart" and "stress related" problems, Dewey Selmon told me.

Selmon, who played a big part in the start up of football at USF in 1997, has been president of USF's Foundation Partnership for Athletics since 2004. His name is on a chain of restaurants in the Tampa Bay area and a Tampa crosstown expressway is named after him.

He is the only Buccaneer to have his number retired and the first player inducted into the team's Ring of Honor.
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 9:00 pm
 

Lee Roy Selmon hospitalized after stroke



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Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: September 3, 2011 12:32 pm
 

Lee Roy Selmon hospitalized after stroke

A true consumate and gentleman to which every professional athlete should aspire.  Everyone in Tampa's thoughts and prayers go out to the great man and family.



Since: Sep 5, 2009
Posted on: September 3, 2011 11:16 am
 

Lee Roy Selmon hospitalized after stroke

@John4599- Lee Roy Selmon was NOT overrated.  He was picked for 6 Pro Bowls, was 3X 1st team All Pro, 2X 2nd team All Pro, 1979 Defensive Player of the Year and had 78.5 sacks.  All of this was accomplished in 9 years and had a back injury not forced his retirement he would have undoubtedly earned more individual accolades.  He was a big reason the Bucs went from a doormat that lost their first 26 games played to 3 playoff appearances and 2 division titles in the 1979-82 seasons.  Oh, and he's an HOF'er, by the way.

    The situation appears dire but I am hoping that Mr. Selmon can make a full recovery.  From what I have read about him over the years and what some of the posters here have said about their personal interactions with him, Selmon seems like a genuinely good and gracious human being.



Since: Jan 14, 2007
Posted on: September 3, 2011 10:08 am
 

Lee Roy Selmon hospitalized after stroke

Hey JJAG....don't forget the green fried tomatoes.....kick butt Leroy.



Since: Apr 15, 2007
Posted on: September 3, 2011 9:32 am
 

Lee Roy Selmon hospitalized after stroke

hate to see it happen but he is way over rated as an NFL lineman  college he was dominant pro career was above average media hyped him more than his play
Are you out of your freakin' mind??  He was an absolute dynamo!!



Since: Feb 25, 2010
Posted on: September 3, 2011 9:29 am
 

Lee Roy Selmon hospitalized after stroke

I met Lee Roy once at the old USF cafeteria.  I said hello to him in passing and he turn to me shook my hand and asked me how school was going.  His wanting to know how I was doing in school was genuine. Lee Roy is pure class in every sense of the word.  He is one of the good guys in this world. I hope by some miracle of God you pull through this thing Lee Roy.  God Bless.




Since: Jul 30, 2007
Posted on: September 3, 2011 8:45 am
 

Lee Roy Selmon hospitalized after stroke

Leroy Selmon lives in my neighborhood in Tampa.  I've had two brief encounters with him.  One, while I was out for a morning run (ironically it was on a a Hall of Fame induction Saturday) (I passed him while running down the street) and the other in a Publix grocery store.  In both of these instances, in which only several words were exhanged and in which there was no acknowledgement that he was Leroy Selmon, the man radiated a warmth and love that was angelic.  He had a glow about him, and these two brief experiences, if indicative of the kind of human being he was, have left me with a profound affection for the man.  I am saddened by this news and I am hoping he makes a full recovery.  My love and best wishes go out to him and his family. 



Since: Jan 19, 2009
Posted on: September 3, 2011 7:47 am
 

Lee Roy Selmon hospitalized after stroke

hate to see it happen but he is way over rated as an NFL lineman  college he was dominant pro career was above average media hyped him more than his play



Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: September 3, 2011 3:08 am
 

Lee Roy Selmon hospitalized after stroke

Everyone races to be 1st in the media--- and nobody cares about verification of facts anymore. That lack of thoroughness is part of the reason SCAMerica is in the position it's in these days.  I hope Lee Roy can miraculously come ALL the way back from this and be able to talk about his premature death announcement with humor.. and, then, go on to do more great things. His restaurants are excellent-- ESPECIALLY the chopped salad!!


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