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Buccaneers say Lee Roy Selmon has died

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers said today that Lee Roy Selmon, perhaps the greatest player in franchise history, has died.

Tampa Bay has lost another giant,” the team said in a statement. “This is an incredibly somber day for Buccaneer fans, Sooner fans, and all football fans. Lee Roy’s standing as the first Buc in the Hall of Fame surely distinguished him, but his stature off the field as the consummate gentleman put him in another stratosphere. Put simply, he was first class. He was the real deal. We are so blessed to have known this fine man and to have called him one of our own, yet so sad to have lost him so soon. Our hearts go out to the Selmon family at this time of their loss.”

The 56-year-old Selmon suffered a stroke on Friday. There were conflicting reports about his condition, with his restaurant chain prematurely issuing a statement saying he had died on Friday, then his brother Dewey saying over the weekend that Lee Roy was improving. On Sunday afternoon, the Bucs confirmed that Selmon had died.

After an All-American career at Oklahoma, Selmon was the first overall pick of the 1976 NFL draft, and the first pick in Buccaneers franchise history. He led the team from NFL bottom-dwellers to NFC Central champions, and was chosen as a defensive end on six NFC Pro Bowl rosters.

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  1. scudbot says: Sep 4, 2011 7:07 PM

    Damn. A fine human being. One of the best ever to play the game.

  2. whatsafairway says: Sep 4, 2011 7:08 PM

    R.I.P. Leroy!

    Loved watching you on game days, both college and pro’s.

    You will be missed.

  3. theseekeroffun says: Sep 4, 2011 7:09 PM

    What a great person and dominating player, RIP.

  4. meatfish66 says: Sep 4, 2011 7:10 PM

    At least he is past his suffering now. Tthanks for all you did for the Bucs. The team might not have survived coming back from 0-26 if it weren’t for you. Rest in peace #63

  5. blakebuchanan87 says: Sep 4, 2011 7:13 PM

    He was also a huge philanthropist in the Tampa Bay area and was the driving force behind bringing football to USF. RIP Mr. Selmon, our area is forever indebted to you.

  6. seneca1ss says: Sep 4, 2011 7:13 PM

    He’s done more for the Tampa Bay area than anyone: Charity work, USF Bulls athletic director, Business owner and job creator, our only NFL Hall of Famer

    A Gentle Giant
    2 National Champ. with Oklahoma
    6 Time Pro Bowler

    R.I.P. Mr. Selmon

  7. bigbwoy000 says: Sep 4, 2011 7:20 PM

    This sucks. This guy was a GREAT player on a bad team for a long time & brought it every week.

    RIP LeRoy.

  8. wethog66 says: Sep 4, 2011 7:24 PM

    My thoughts and prayers to Mr. Selmon and his family. RIP

  9. grudenthediva says: Sep 4, 2011 7:27 PM

    And to the cruel, gutless, insensitive cowards whom are giving thumbs down to these comments, whether they want to be mean or just prevent comments from having “clean” numbers, just remember this…Lee Roy would have treated you just as kindly as he did everyone else.

    Shame on you. (And shame on the moderator who seems to have a problem with me saying this).

  10. outlawjerseywhales says: Sep 4, 2011 7:32 PM

    Heard this on Tampa 13 6 o’clock news when I got home today.
    Does anyone think that the USF Bulls were thinking about Lee Roy yesterday at Notre Dame? Especially since, I understand, he was supposed to travel to South Bend to see the game?
    Me, too.
    Well done, USF!
    Well done, Lee Roy!

  11. denverwally says: Sep 4, 2011 7:33 PM

    Rest in peace, Lee Roy.

  12. coolheir says: Sep 4, 2011 7:34 PM

    Sad to hear this….condolences from a dolphins fan who enjoyed watching him play lots of years ago.

  13. theseekeroffun says: Sep 4, 2011 7:34 PM

    And to the cruel, gutless, insensitive cowards whom are giving thumbs down to these comments, whether they want to be mean or just prevent comments from having “clean” numbers, just remember this…Lee Roy would have treated you just as kindly as he did everyone else.

    Shame on you. (And shame on the moderator who seems to have a problem with me saying this).

    Thank you, I cannot understand the hate.

  14. paulydefense says: Sep 4, 2011 7:58 PM

    R.I.P. Mr. Selmon.

  15. tampajoey says: Sep 4, 2011 7:59 PM

    R.I.P. Mr. Selmon

  16. bigdawg24 says: Sep 4, 2011 8:00 PM

    May God bless Mr Selmon and his family.

  17. emperorzero says: Sep 4, 2011 8:05 PM

    Lee Roy is the greatest Buc of them all. Peace and strength to his family.

  18. mactank1 says: Sep 4, 2011 8:05 PM

    I remember the Bucs first ever game against the Falcons. They were pretty pathetic that year, but players like Lee Roy helped them up the ladder pretty quickly. He was an inspirational leader that his team mates followed unconditionally. RIP Lee Roy. I expect that the Bucs will recognize your legacy next Sunday.

  19. bluefan204 says: Sep 4, 2011 8:06 PM

    Very saddened to hear of his passing. Had the pleasure of meeting Mr Selmon once, and he was nothing but a true gentleman.

    Thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.

    RIP Mr Selmon

  20. flavordave says: Sep 4, 2011 8:06 PM

    Who are the trolls on here with the thumbs down? A decent good man died. Have respect for a man that you could only strive to become.

  21. jjdstl01 says: Sep 4, 2011 8:09 PM

    Lee Roy,

    You beat on my teams relentlessly, in college and in the pros,

    but I sure enjoed watching you play – I’ve always appreciated the great ones.

  22. bullethead527 says: Sep 4, 2011 8:12 PM

    God bless his soul, a genuine man. Hope his family is doing OK, when my grandma had a stroke, she came inches from dying and she still hasn’t recovered fully and will never be 100% she understands what you say but the words that she speaks don’t make since a lot of the time.. So in away I’ve lost her, I know there pain because shortly after my grandma’s stroke my grandpa dies… So all the thumbs down, just remember when someone close to you dies, would you enjoy thumbs down, like you in enjoy thumbs down to Lee Roy????

  23. gdeli says: Sep 4, 2011 8:19 PM

    god bless you bud.

  24. ufgator8 says: Sep 4, 2011 8:35 PM

    The thumbs down come from those who will leave a legacy of empty PBR cans.

  25. mrvikingsfan11 says: Sep 4, 2011 8:37 PM

    R.I.P. He was a great player and just an all around great person, this team will think of him every game and he will be looking down from above helping these young players along to the end, go get em boys and enjoy every minute your out there!

  26. weezilgirl says: Sep 4, 2011 8:44 PM

    From a Sooner, bless you and your family. And thank you for the thrilling moments of watching you play at OU.

    You will never be forgotten. R.I.P.

  27. Deb says: Sep 4, 2011 8:48 PM

    Just started crying when I read this. Along with his head coach, he was a class act through Tampa’s early struggles. Great player, gone far too soon. God be with his family, friends, and teammates.

    Rest in peace.

  28. ninerfan94954 says: Sep 4, 2011 8:48 PM

    R.I.P. Sir and peace to your family.

  29. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 4, 2011 8:50 PM

    Who are these six fools who keep giving thumbs down on these comments???

    Anyway, I wish I had watched him play. The only games in 1984 (my first season in memory) I can recall are a couple of Dolphin games and Giants games.

  30. theuncletodd says: Sep 4, 2011 8:52 PM

    Who the hell can actually give a ‘thumbs down’ to the man? Karma people

  31. cup1981 says: Sep 4, 2011 8:53 PM

    Lee Roy was a class act. Though I only met him 2 or 3 times, he was always a kind and giving man to me and others. RIP Lee Roy, you were taken away all too soon!

  32. runtheball says: Sep 4, 2011 8:56 PM

    What a shame! God Bless his family. Leroy was a bad ass.

  33. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Sep 4, 2011 9:01 PM

    Rest in peace to a great player, and greater human being. The best Tampa professional athlete ever, period. You’ll be sadly missed. Thoughts and prayers to the Selmon family.

  34. whatwouldlombardido says: Sep 4, 2011 9:09 PM

    What a shame. RIP

  35. packerbacker12 says: Sep 4, 2011 9:11 PM

    RIP Lee Roy. One of the best to ever play the game.

    And oh by the way, the thumbs up and thumbs down ratings need to be disabled when it comes to an article about an NFL legend passing away because it is really getting on my nerves seeing people give thumbs down to people respect Selmon’s passing.

  36. Deb says: Sep 4, 2011 9:31 PM

    packerbacker12 says:

    And oh by the way, the thumbs up and thumbs down ratings need to be disabled when it comes to an article about an NFL legend passing away because it is really getting on my nerves seeing people give thumbs down to people respect Selmon’s passing.
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    Wish I could give that comment 10 thumbs up.

  37. professorcolumbus says: Sep 4, 2011 9:48 PM

    Anyone who has ever met this man, or even heard him speak, will know that he is made of the utmost class. He will be sorely missed, not just in the Bay area, but throughout the country.

    RIP, Mr Selmon.

    ..Also, I totally agree that PFT needs to do something about disabling the comment ratings on articles liek this. It is completely disgusting that these sickos get their kicks from giving ‘thumbs down’ when others try to express their feeling about someone who has passed. This is not just some random person who died. This is a man who put himself out there to make a difference in the lives of others for his whole life. He deserves better than a bunch of anonymous internet tough guys belittling his passing.

  38. hobartbaker says: Sep 4, 2011 9:51 PM

    R.I.P.
    Rest In Peace. (Or, for W.C. Fields fans, Recuperate In Philadelphia).

  39. mjohnson062 says: Sep 4, 2011 10:01 PM

    My condolences to the entire Selmon family. A great man has left us today, one who epitomized what it is we should all aspire to be, on or off the field. RIP 63.

  40. managod777 says: Sep 4, 2011 10:01 PM

    Gone too soon…WAY TOO soon. One of the best things about the NFL. My prayers go out to his family.

  41. gallaghedj311 says: Sep 4, 2011 10:02 PM

    Never heard of him but I wasn’t born yet in 76. Sounds like a great human being. Thoughts n prayers are with his family and the Tampa fans n organization

  42. lnfinite says: Sep 4, 2011 10:10 PM

    Sad news. I watched him play and was one of the very few shining lights of such a young franchise that struggled so much in the beginning.

    Condolences from a Viking fan….

  43. rockieschef says: Sep 4, 2011 10:10 PM

    from a kid watching “just plain NFL football’ my dad said he played like Nitcshke…..I am gonna miss Lee Roy…..

  44. ikie12pts says: Sep 4, 2011 10:15 PM

    Rest in Peace…Lee Roy. What a superb athlete and role model for all who knew him. He made a POSITIVE difference in young people’s lives.
    BTW, I think some of these thumbs down people are teens on “crack”; probably never heard of Lee Roy Selmons and we surely don’t need them on adult boards. Go play in traffic.

  45. scudbot says: Sep 4, 2011 10:50 PM

    mjohnson062, best post of the day.

  46. dogsweat1 says: Sep 4, 2011 11:00 PM

    79 Bucs Forever!!

    Williams, Bell, Giles and Selmon.

  47. stixzidinia says: Sep 4, 2011 11:09 PM

    A true legend. Rest in peace brother.

  48. sadskinsfan89 says: Sep 4, 2011 11:12 PM

    If u put a thumbs down to people sending their condolences than u have problems. A man lost his life. People lost a loved one and people lost a friend and the nfl lost a great. Have some decency.

  49. leatherface2012 says: Sep 4, 2011 11:13 PM

    i honest to god don’t get it . i get told all the time “life isnt fair” but does it have to be this grossly UNFAIR?…..rip lee roy….people from all walks of life total douche and dirt bags live till they’re 90 and he dies at 56? give me a effin break

  50. rockieschef says: Sep 4, 2011 11:39 PM

    He is with Vince Lombardi now,,.,and lets not forget all the great NFL players who died,,,,but tday is about Lee Roy Selmon. I believe I will find something “Creamsikle” and wear that for awhile before my Packer game. God Bless LRS
    and shake hands with Vince in heaven

  51. maverick5266 says: Sep 4, 2011 11:40 PM

    Goodbye Leroy. Thank you for some great memories. You will be dearly missed, especially by bucs fans, but also by anyone who loves to watch gifted people play the game.

  52. knew8411 says: Sep 4, 2011 11:45 PM

    When you say Tampa Bay Bucks you think Selmon. What a tragic loss. RIP Mr. Selmon. May GOD welcome you into his warm embraces. GOD Bless.

  53. bucforever says: Sep 5, 2011 12:03 AM

    RIP Lee Roy. Your legacy will not die! May God in heaven be a comfort to your family and those of us that will miss your presence in this world.

  54. stairwayto7 says: Sep 5, 2011 12:09 AM

    Didn’t his restarunt say he died 2 days ago??

  55. rockieschef says: Sep 5, 2011 12:17 AM

    Who cares who is downthumbing,,,we all know how we feel,,,by our posts

  56. timegambit says: Sep 5, 2011 12:20 AM

    I’m gettin’ sick and tired of our legends dying off so young!

    I hope the NFLPA did it’s job. I can’t take this crap anymore!

  57. hailskins4life says: Sep 5, 2011 12:40 AM

    The passing of a TRUE Hall-of-famer. HOF player AND person. Mr. Selmon will be missed.

    On a side note…I would like to have ANYONE who has voted ‘thumbs down’ on these posts to have the guts to come forward and just admit it was them. Not threatening anyone. Just have the courage to stand behind what you have done. If nobody takes me up, we will all conclude that you are just a coward and could not possibly be half the man that Mr. Selmon was.

  58. ball20hawk says: Sep 5, 2011 12:47 AM

    Alright I feel the need to address this since it has flooded escentially what is a condolences page for one of the greats. i read this site everyday on my iPhone and ever since pft changed the comments to have like and dislike thumbs I click them all the time. It’s almost second nature and sometimes I will strongly agree with a post but when I go to click my finger hits down instead of up, or likewise. You cannot backspace, redo, or reverse it. The surface of my finger is much larger then the size of the thumbs on the touchscreen and I f@&k it up. Pretty reagularly too. Personal opinion but it seems pretty rational, I think some of you guys are overeacting. I know most people who have a touchscreen can relate if you have ever used this site or one like it. Even if a very few are just being fools you have brought attention to the fews negativity instead of the masses respect and love for this great human being. R.I.p L.R.S

  59. thetruth845 says: Sep 5, 2011 12:52 AM

    Its amazing how some people give a thumbs down to these posts. What losers.

  60. blackbeardk says: Sep 5, 2011 1:01 AM

    I gave downthumbs to all the whiners about downthumbing…and up thumbs to most everyone else.

    I doubt anyone is actually downthumbing Lee Roy Selmon who was one of the greatest defensive ends ever to play the game, but some of the stupid comments people made about him…

  61. willcoop says: Sep 5, 2011 2:15 AM

    To the Selmon family, my condolences are sent. Mr. Selmon and my late Uncle, who passed three years ago, opened a barbecue joint together in Tampa. He had nothing but great things to say about Mr.Selmon. God be with you and your pain is gone. You fought the fight and now it’s time to rest. R.I.P

  62. tonysiragusasbelt says: Sep 5, 2011 2:40 AM

    you will be missed Mr. Selmon!!! Thanks for bringing relevance to Tampa Bay, and thanks for showing us what class really is!!!

  63. TheWizard says: Sep 5, 2011 7:44 AM

    people from all walks of life total douche and dirt bags live till they’re 90 and he dies at 56? give me a effin break

    I’ve often thought the same thing, having lost a good friend when we were teens.

    As I understand it, when one has served one’s purpose or purposes here, it’s time to move on.

    Perhaps Lee Roy falls into this category.

  64. xxxviichamps says: Sep 5, 2011 8:58 AM

    Lee Roy Selmon was the definition of what you want in a football player…and the definition of what most human beings strive to become. Rest in Peace Mr. Selmon. You will always be the heart of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

  65. theconservativewatchtower says: Sep 5, 2011 9:39 AM

    I was truly saddened upon hearing of the passing of the great Lee Roy Selmon. I am old enough to have watched him play, he was as outstanding player and a wonderful man.

    My best goes out to his family.

  66. pensacolasteelers says: Sep 5, 2011 9:40 AM

    Growing up in Oklahoma and being a long-time Sooners fan boy do I remember your name. And even though you were on a Bucs team that was in its infancy and not very good at the time, it sounds like you were every bit the champion they eventually became. RIP Mr. Selmon You would’ve made a great Steeler!

  67. pensacolasteelers says: Sep 5, 2011 9:58 AM

    I thumbdown two. One that said “Who cares who’s thumbsdown” and the other that attempted to justify that crap. And I’ve thumbed-up most of the rest. R.I.P. LRS

  68. denverdude7 says: Sep 5, 2011 10:00 AM

    Gifted or not. NFL Hall of Famer or not. The world has lost a good man.

    Rest in peace Mr. Selmon.

    And, if you can, please help to guide one of us remaining behind to pick up where you left off.

  69. bucwild05 says: Sep 5, 2011 1:29 PM

    I was born in 1976, so I was too young to watch the man play. I have seen highlights of his skill on the field, and I know of what he has done for the Tampa community, as well as what he brought to the Buccaneers orginization. I wish players today could be half the man and charactor Mr. Selmon had.

    He had heart, which few players in todays game posess. Leroy will be missed.

    *** as for the people with the thumbs down, you know who you are, and are a complete disgrace to the human race.

  70. thetruth845 says: Sep 5, 2011 11:10 PM

    blackbeardk says: Sep 5, 2011 1:01 AM

    I gave downthumbs to all the whiners about downthumbing…and up thumbs to most everyone else.

    I doubt anyone is actually downthumbing Lee Roy Selmon who was one of the greatest defensive ends ever to play the game, but some of the stupid comments people made about him…

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    The fact that you responded like you did probably means you’re one of idiots you gave a thumbs down to the memorial posts because you have nothing better to do in life. Like I said….Loser.

  71. thetruth845 says: Sep 5, 2011 11:12 PM

    I was truly saddened upon hearing of the passing of the great Lee Roy Selmon. I am old enough to have watched him play, he was as outstanding player and a wonderful man.

    My best goes out to his family.

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    1 thumbs down on that….probably Blackbeardk. Loser.

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