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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