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#98: Lee Roy Selmon | The Top 100: NFL
#98: Lee Roy Selmon | The Top 100: NFL's Greatest Players (2010) | #FlashbackFridays
Published: 2016/08/12
Channel: NFL
Lee Roy Selmon Highlights | "Journey to Canton"
Lee Roy Selmon Highlights | "Journey to Canton"
Published: 2015/01/31
Channel: Bucs Nation
Lee Roy Selmon Career Highlights
Lee Roy Selmon Career Highlights
Published: 2011/09/05
Channel: Ronnie Boone
1979 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Lee Roy Selmon interview
1979 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Lee Roy Selmon interview
Published: 2008/08/19
Channel: Kenneth Talley
Top 5 Buccaneers of All Time | NFL
Top 5 Buccaneers of All Time | NFL
Published: 2016/04/06
Channel: NFL
Remembering Lee Roy Selmon
Remembering Lee Roy Selmon
Published: 2011/09/06
Channel: ABC Action News
Hall of Fame Defensive End Lee Roy Selmon Dies
Hall of Fame Defensive End Lee Roy Selmon Dies
Published: 2011/09/05
Channel: Associated Press
Lee Roy Selmon Highlights
Lee Roy Selmon Highlights
Published: 2017/06/14
Channel: Mike P
Inside College Football - Bob Stoops/Lee Roy Selmon 2011
Inside College Football - Bob Stoops/Lee Roy Selmon 2011
Published: 2011/09/07
Channel: huff99
Tampa Bay area remembers Lee Roy Selmon
Tampa Bay area remembers Lee Roy Selmon
Published: 2011/09/09
Channel: ABC Action News
Check it out, an office stopped traffic on the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway
Check it out, an office stopped traffic on the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway
Published: 2017/04/27
Channel: ABC Action News
Lee Roy Selmon and son feature
Lee Roy Selmon and son feature
Published: 2011/09/07
Channel: webesports
Lee Roy Selmon
Lee Roy Selmon
Published: 2009/11/09
Channel: Brian J. Leonard
Lee Roy Selmon Tribute Video
Lee Roy Selmon Tribute Video
Published: 2016/10/08
Channel: USF Athletics
Lee Roy Selmon Expressway Connector (I-4 to FL 618) eastbound
Lee Roy Selmon Expressway Connector (I-4 to FL 618) eastbound
Published: 2015/09/14
Channel: roadwaywiz
Lee Roy Selmon 1954-2011
Lee Roy Selmon 1954-2011
Published: 2011/09/04
Channel: onikuno
Lee Roy Selmon Memorial
Lee Roy Selmon Memorial
Published: 2011/09/13
Channel: USFchannel
Lee Roy Selmon inducted into Bucs Ring of Honor
Lee Roy Selmon inducted into Bucs Ring of Honor
Published: 2009/12/17
Channel: recoveringatty11
Lee Roy Selmon 1954-2011
Lee Roy Selmon 1954-2011
Published: 2011/09/05
Channel: Myfavoritetvmovies
Lee Roy Selmon & Fatherhood
Lee Roy Selmon & Fatherhood
Published: 2011/04/26
Channel: Family Minute
Lee Roy Selmon Expressway Connector (I-4 to FL 618) westbound
Lee Roy Selmon Expressway Connector (I-4 to FL 618) westbound
Published: 2015/09/14
Channel: roadwaywiz
Lee Roy Selmon Expressway (FL 618 Exits 15 to 9) westbound (Local Lanes)
Lee Roy Selmon Expressway (FL 618 Exits 15 to 9) westbound (Local Lanes)
Published: 2015/09/13
Channel: roadwaywiz
Lee Roy Selmon interview
Lee Roy Selmon interview
Published: 2011/09/05
Channel: David Spada
Lee Roy Selmon Expressway (FL 618 Exits 9 to 1) westbound
Lee Roy Selmon Expressway (FL 618 Exits 9 to 1) westbound
Published: 2015/09/13
Channel: roadwaywiz
Lee Roy Selmon Expressway (FL 618 Exits 1 to 9) eastbound
Lee Roy Selmon Expressway (FL 618 Exits 1 to 9) eastbound
Published: 2015/09/13
Channel: roadwaywiz
Real Talk at Lee Roy Selmon
Real Talk at Lee Roy Selmon
Published: 2016/08/05
Channel: RTM Singles The Crew
Aerial Video - Selmon Expressway
Aerial Video - Selmon Expressway
Published: 2016/12/06
Channel: Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority
Eating at Lee Roy Selmons Restaurant
Eating at Lee Roy Selmons Restaurant
Published: 2015/11/17
Channel: Bonnie Burger
Lee Roy Selmon Expressway (FL 618 Exits 15 to 9) westbound (Express Lanes)
Lee Roy Selmon Expressway (FL 618 Exits 15 to 9) westbound (Express Lanes)
Published: 2015/09/13
Channel: roadwaywiz
Buccaneer Hall of Famer Lee Roy Selmon hospitalized
Buccaneer Hall of Famer Lee Roy Selmon hospitalized
Published: 2011/09/03
Channel: ABC Action News
Public tribute to Lee Roy Selmon is under way
Public tribute to Lee Roy Selmon is under way
Published: 2011/09/07
Channel: ABC Action News
Lee Roy Selmon hospitalized after stroke
Lee Roy Selmon hospitalized after stroke
Published: 2011/09/03
Channel: KJRH -TV | Tulsa | Channel 2
Lee Roy Selmon Expressway (FL 618 Exits 9 to 15) eastbound (Express Lanes)
Lee Roy Selmon Expressway (FL 618 Exits 9 to 15) eastbound (Express Lanes)
Published: 2015/09/13
Channel: roadwaywiz
Lee Roy Selmon
Lee Roy Selmon
Published: 2010/06/14
Channel: GulfCoastCF
Lee Roy Selmon funeral
Lee Roy Selmon funeral
Published: 2011/09/09
Channel: ABC Action News
Lee Roy Selmon Expressway (FL 618 Exits 9 to 15) eastbound (Local Lanes)
Lee Roy Selmon Expressway (FL 618 Exits 9 to 15) eastbound (Local Lanes)
Published: 2015/09/13
Channel: roadwaywiz
R.I.P.----Lee Roy Selmon (1954-2011)
R.I.P.----Lee Roy Selmon (1954-2011)
Published: 2011/09/05
Channel: SportsSavantTV
Lee Roy Selmon Day - October 20
Lee Roy Selmon Day - October 20
Published: 2012/10/20
Channel: ABC Action News
LEE ROY SELMON TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS TRIBUTE VIDEO PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME CANTON,OHIO
LEE ROY SELMON TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS TRIBUTE VIDEO PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME CANTON,OHIO
Published: 2015/06/26
Channel: TAMPA SPORTSFAN
Airborne Tribute for 9-11 and LeeRoy Selmon
Airborne Tribute for 9-11 and LeeRoy Selmon
Published: 2011/09/12
Channel: Melissa Battle
Mothers Day Dinner at Lee Roy Selmon
Mothers Day Dinner at Lee Roy Selmon's
Published: 2017/05/16
Channel: Bonnie Burger
Lee Roy Selmon Expressway Connector (FL 618 to I-4) eastbound
Lee Roy Selmon Expressway Connector (FL 618 to I-4) eastbound
Published: 2015/09/14
Channel: roadwaywiz
Lee Roy Selmon tribute
Lee Roy Selmon tribute
Published: 2011/09/06
Channel: Chrispy 0566
#USF20 // Lee Roy Selmon
#USF20 // Lee Roy Selmon
Published: 2016/08/14
Channel: USF Athletics
Memphis Football: Akeem Davis Finalist for Lee Roy Selmon Community Spirit Award
Memphis Football: Akeem Davis Finalist for Lee Roy Selmon Community Spirit Award
Published: 2012/12/14
Channel: Memphis TigerNetwork
Lee Roy Selmon 1997 HRS Foster Home Program Advertisement
Lee Roy Selmon 1997 HRS Foster Home Program Advertisement
Published: 2015/07/24
Channel: cowtzu
Lee Roy Selmon HOF Video & Bust
Lee Roy Selmon HOF Video & Bust
Published: 2012/08/09
Channel: Andy Lopušnak
Lee Roy Selmon
Lee Roy Selmon
Published: 2016/08/19
Channel: Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority
Late night dinner at Lee Roy Selmon
Late night dinner at Lee Roy Selmon's
Published: 2017/01/28
Channel: Bonnie Burger
Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn remembers Bucs great Lee Roy Selmon
Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn remembers Bucs great Lee Roy Selmon
Published: 2011/09/05
Channel: ABC Action News
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Lee Roy Selmon
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Selmon during his playing career
No. 63
Position: Defensive end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1954-10-20)October 20, 1954
Place of birth: Eufaula, Oklahoma
Date of death: September 4, 2011(2011-09-04) (aged 56)
Place of death: Tampa, Florida
Career information
High school: Eufaula (OK)
College: Oklahoma
NFL Draft: 1976 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Tackles: 742
Sacks: 78.5
Fumbles forced: 28.5
Player stats at NFL.com

Lee Roy Selmon (October 20, 1954 – September 4, 2011) was an American football player and college athletics administrator. He played college football as a defensive tackle at the University of Oklahoma, the youngest of three Selmon brothers to play football there.

He was a consensus All-American in 1975 and a member of consecutive national championship teams for the Oklahoma Sooners in 1974 and 1975.

Selmon was selected by the expansion Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the first overall pick in the 1976 NFL draft. He played in the National Football League (NFL) for nine seasons, from 1976 to 1984, all with the Buccaneers.

Selmon joined the athletic department at the University of South Florida in 1993 and served as the school's athletic director from 2001 to 2004. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1988 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1995.

Early life[edit]

Selmon was the youngest of nine children of Lucious and Jessie Selmon, raised on a farm near Eufaula, Oklahoma. A National Honor Society member at Eufaula High School, he graduated in 1971 after playing football through high school. His two older brothers also played football and went to Oklahoma University, which he attended and where he graduated.

College career[edit]

In 1972, Selmon followed his brothers Lucious and Dewey Selmon in playing on the defensive line at the University of Oklahoma. He blossomed into a star in 1974, anchoring one of the best defenses in Oklahoma Sooners football history. The Sooners were national champions in 1974 and 1975. Selmon won the Lombardi Award and the Outland Trophy in 1975. Oklahoma head coach Barry Switzer called him the best player he ever coached, and College Football News placed him as the 39th-best college player of all time.

Selmon was known as "The Gentle Giant." In the fall of 1999, Selmon was named to the Sports Illustrated 'NCAA Football All-Century Team.'

Selmon was named a consensus All-American in 1974 and 1975 by Newspaper Enterprise Association. His list of achievements include the National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete, GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-American, and Graduate Fellowship Winner National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame. The 1996 Walter Camp "Alumnus of the Year" was voted to the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame [1] in 1992.

Statistics[edit]

Season Tackles Sacks TFL
UT AT TT Sack YdsL TFL Yds
1972 5 6 11 3 16 1 ?
1973 37 20 57 9 49 2 ?
1974 65 60 125 18 71 1 ?
1975 88 44 132 10 48 4 ?
Career 195 130 325 40 184 8 ?

Professional career[edit]

In 1976, Selmon was the first player picked in the NFL draft, the first-ever pick for the expansion Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He joined older brother, Dewey, who was a second-round pick of the Bucs. In his first year, Selmon won the team's 'Rookie of the Year' and MVP awards. Selmon played in six straight Pro Bowls and was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1979. Buccaneer assistant Abe Gibron said, "Selmon has no peers" at defensive end, while former Detroit Lions coach Monte Clark compared him to "a grown man at work among a bunch of boys".[2]

Awards[edit]

A back injury forced him to leave at the end of the 1984 season; the Bucs retired his number, 63, in 1986. He was elected to the Florida Sports Hall of Fame. In January 2008, Selmon was voted by a panel of former NFL players and coaches to Pro Football Weekly 's All-Time 3-4 defensive team along with Harry Carson, Curley Culp, Randy Gradishar, Howie Long, Lawrence Taylor and Andre Tippett.[3] He was the first player to be inducted into the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Ring of Honor on November 8, 2009.

After football[edit]

Selmon stayed in Tampa, Florida, working as a bank executive and being active in many charities.

From 1993 to 2001, Selmon served as an assistant athletic director at the University of South Florida under Paul Griffin. After Griffin was forced to resign,[4] Selmon was promoted to take over the athletic department. As the USF Athletic Director, Selmon launched the football program, spearheaded the construction of a new athletic facility, and led the university's move into Conference USA, and into the Big East Conference.

Citing health issues, Selmon resigned as the USF Athletic Director in 2004. He took the role as president of the USF Foundation Partnership for Athletics, an athletics fund-raising organization.

Awards and honors[edit]

Death[edit]

Selmon suffered a massive stroke on September 2, 2011, which left him hospitalized in extremely critical[7] condition.[8][9] His restaurant initially released a statement announcing his death; however, this was later confirmed to be false.[7] In fact, at one point his condition was said to be improving.[10]

On September 4, 2011, Selmon died at the age of 56 from complications of the stroke.[11] Visitation was scheduled for the following Thursday at the Exciting Central Tampa Baptist Church. The funeral was held the next day at Idlewild Baptist Church. Former teammates, the current Buccaneer team, the USF football team, other members of the NFL, and the general public attended. The USF football team wore a #63 decal on their helmets for the 2011 season, as did the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Both teams conducted a ceremony to honor Selmon the weekend following his death.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jim Thorpe Association Archived October 7, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Dielschnieder, Jim. "Lee Roy Selmon: A Man Among Boys," The Gainesville Sun. 6 September 1981
  3. ^ "Volume 22 Issue 29". Pro Football Weekly. 
  4. ^ "Tampabay: USF's Griffin forced to quit". Sptimes.com. Retrieved 2015-02-02. 
  5. ^ a b "Lee Roy Selmon's". Leeroyselmons.com. Retrieved 2015-02-02. 
  6. ^ "msn". Cityguides.msn.com. 2015-01-29. Retrieved 2015-02-02. 
  7. ^ a b "Former Tampa Bay Buccaneer great Lee Roy Selmon in 'extremely critical condition'". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved 2011-09-02. 
  8. ^ "Lee Roy Selmon, Hall of Fame football player, suffers stroke". 10 News. September 2, 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-02. 
  9. ^ Noah Pransky (September 2, 2011). "Reports conflict about Selmon's health". MyFoxTampaBay.com. Retrieved 2011-09-02. 
  10. ^ "Lee Roy Selmon improving". espn.go.com. Associated Press. September 3, 2011. Retrieved September 5, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Lee Roy Selmon passes away". MyFoxTampaBay.com. September 4, 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-04. 
  12. ^ Joey Johnston (September 5, 2011). "Funeral services for Selmon to be held Friday". The Tampa Tribune. Retrieved 2011-09-05. 

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