Tag:Lee Roy Selmon
Posted on: September 4, 2011 6:52 pm
Edited on: September 4, 2011 7:12 pm
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Bucs great Lee Roy Selmon dies at 56

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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Posted on: September 3, 2011 12:46 pm
 

Report: Selmon showing improvement after stroke

Lee Roy Selmon suffered a stroke but apparently is improving (US Presswire).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

There’s been plenty of conflicting information surrounding NFL Hall of Famer Lee Roy Selmon, who suffered a stroke Friday night, and his latest condition.

This morning, the Tampa Tribune reports that Selmon is improving and showing signs of responsiveness. Which is great news, considering the confusion of Friday.

At one point Friday, his restaurant group released a statement, saying, “Deep and profound sorrow that we learned of our dear friend Lee Roy Selmon’s passing this afternoon.” Apparently, the restaurant prematurely released that news, because, according to the Tribune, he is listed in critical condition Saturday morning.

As the Trib writes, “KFOR-TV, an NBC affiliate in Oklahoma City, reported that Lucious Selmon told a former teammate he didn’t think his younger brother was going to make it. Lucious Selmon said the family was told Selmon had a 20 percent chance of survival with brain damage. KFOR also reported that Selmon’s niece, Shannon, sent an email to family members that said her uncle had a blood clot in his heart.”

Said David Lewis, Selmon’s former teammate: 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. 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. Lee Roy's son is strong. I just want him to keep getting better.''

Selmon was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1995 after a standout nine-year career playing for the Buccaneers.

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Posted on: September 2, 2011 7:31 pm
Edited on: September 2, 2011 7:54 pm
 

Lee Roy Selmon, NFL HOFer, suffers stroke

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Lee Roy Selmon, one of the best players in Buccaneers history and an NFL Hall of Famer, is in the hospital after suffering a stroke, CBSSports.com's Brett McMurphy writes.

The 56-year-old Selmon, a defensive end, was the NFL’s defensive player of the year in 1979, and he was a major reason the Buccaneers went to the playoffs for the first time that year.

In his nine-year career, Selmon -- who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1995 -- started 117 of 121 games, and he was a terror coming off the right side to rush the opposing quarterback.

After retiring, he was the athletic director at the University of South Florida, and he was one of the major reasons the school established a football program.

In a statement released tonight by USF, school president Judy Genshaft says, "We've learned that Lee Roy Selmon has been taken to the hospital. We are honoring his family's wishes for privacy. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family for his recovery."

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