Football Hall of Famer Lee Roy Selmon dies after stroke
Lee Roy Selmon is inducted into the Buccaneers' Ring of Honor at halftime of a game at Raymond James Stadium in 2009.
September 4th, 2011
11:25 PM ET

Football Hall of Famer Lee Roy Selmon dies after stroke

Lee Roy Selmon, a Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end who was the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ first-ever draft pick, died Sunday after suffering a stroke two days earlier, the team said.

The 56-year-old had been admitted to a Tampa, Florida, hospital after suffering the stroke Friday.

Selmon, a two-time national champion and three-time All-American at Oklahoma University, played nine seasons after the expansion Buccaneers made him the first overall pick in the 1976 draft. He was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1979, when the Bucs made it to the NFC championship game.

He still is the team’s all-time leader in sacks (78.5) and forced fumbles (28.5) and is the only Hall of Fame member to have played all of his seasons with Tampa Bay.

“He not only helped define the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but established himself as one of the best ever at the defensive end position,” Steve Perry, president of the Hall of Fame, said on the hall’s website.

The Glazer family, which has owned the Buccaneers since 1995, said in a statement Sunday that Selmon’s “standing as the first Buc in the Hall of Fame surely distinguishes him, but his stature off the field as the consummate gentleman put him in another stratosphere.”

The six-time Pro Bowler retired after the 1984 season and was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 1995, with an induction speech by his brother and Oklahoma and Tampa Bay teammate, Dewey Selmon.

Selmon became associate athletic director at the University of South Florida in the mid-1990s, and helped fund-raising and other efforts to establish a new football program for the school. The team began playing as a NCAA Division I-AA program in 1997, and it rose to Division I-A - now the Football Bowl Subdivision - in 2001.

Selmon was USF's athletic director from 2001 to 2004.

"We all loved him, and we're all deeply saddened," USF President Judy Genshaft said in a statement released by the school. "We're a better university because of Lee Roy Selmon. He was an incredible role model who cared about all of our student-athletes, no matter what sport. He built an incredible legacy and he will never be forgotten."

His jersey number, 63, is the only one that the Bucs have retired, and an expressway in Tampa was named after him in 1999, according to the NFL team.

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  1. banasy©

    Condolences to his family and friends.

    September 4, 2011 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Cry Baby

    Sob

    September 4, 2011 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dr. Bombay

    Thanks for the memories, Leroy. An excellent Defensive End and great steward of the game. You will always be missed.

    September 5, 2011 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |
  4. Philip

    This sort of thing is happening far too often these days.(seemingly healthy 50-somethiing yr. old men suffering strokes previously reserved for very old people) Even my B/F from HS, who has been a fighfighter for over 25 years had one. I have deduced, after much research, that the foods readily available these days cause our bodies natural Ph balance to go out of whack. And since the human body's natural reaction to an overly acidic diet is to increase cholesterol levels, many of us have been diagnosed with "high cholesterol". Artificially lowering your body's natural cholestrol level exposes your heart and other vital organs to acid-attack. One study (there have been many) showed that almost all active senior citizens have what dr's call "high cholesterol" and few have had strokes or bypass procedures. Whilesenior's confined to old-age homes, while being the same age as the active seniors, have a high-rate of strokes and have most-all had their cholesterol levels artificially lowered with medications...

    September 5, 2011 at 1:39 am | Report abuse |
    • phorse

      Please provide one or more citations for the peer-reviewed research supporting your extraordinary assertions that the foods available today cause the "bodies pH to go out of whack," and that increased cholesterol production is the bodies response. Without that, your claims are nothing more than anecdotes, which sadly so many people accept as fact. If you're unable to provide the backup I'm asking you to, then please read a book or take a course to develop some critical thinking skills. Among books, here's a great one: The Demon-Haunted World; Science as a Candle in the Dark, by Carl Sagan.

      September 5, 2011 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
  5. Dante Orlando Brown

    He was a tough defensive player on the field and a gentleman off the field.

    September 5, 2011 at 1:44 am | Report abuse |
  6. Philip

    ...medications prescribed and made more readily available at old-age homes. My very own grandmother, Lena Pearl Roper (RIP) died within 4 years after her sons and daughters had her confined to an old-age home in Fruita, CO. They began reducing her body's natural cholesterol levels as soon as she arrived. And yes, my HS B/F, healthy as a horse, suffered his first stroke 3 yrs. after doctor's placed him on these meds. Now, when we go to HS reunions and hike Bear's Ears peaks, just as we did as kids, he has to stop every 15 min. or so and rest, keeping a close eye on his heart rate. Think twice, and twice again before allowing your own body's natrual defense against acid-attack to be weakened. (RIP Mr. Selmon)

    September 5, 2011 at 1:53 am | Report abuse |
  7. jacks

    Sorry to hear he passed away at such a early age. All the best to his family, I watched alot of football in the days he played. Hope he is in a better place.

    September 5, 2011 at 2:00 am | Report abuse |
  8. lawrence, ohio

    Lee Roy Selmon, a Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end is a true legend in football.

    He died way too young.

    Is anyone paying attention in the NCAA/NFL?

    Former NCAA/NFL player...

    September 5, 2011 at 2:14 am | Report abuse |
  9. Fox Mulder

    LEEEEEEEEEROY SELMON!!!

    September 5, 2011 at 2:24 am | Report abuse |
  10. Fullbag

    "His jersey number, 63, is the only one that the Bucs have retired, and an expressway in Tampa was named after him in 1999, according to the team."

    'ACCORDING to the team'? You mean, CNN couldn't verify this information?

    September 5, 2011 at 2:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Cachuw

      I guess we all no what your bag is full of!

      September 5, 2011 at 6:21 am | Report abuse |
  11. BUFFALO

    Lee Roy Selmon was a true "diamond in the rough". The Buccaneers were the joke of the NFL. Until Lee Roy put a lick on you. Then the laughter stopped!

    September 5, 2011 at 4:38 am | Report abuse |
  12. lee

    2009-07-31 12:56

    施害者所使用的手段、、首先这帮人要用类似生命探则仪的仪器对受害人进行跟踪,
    然后用脑电波扫描仪对准受害人头部,进行长时间的脑电波扫描,为能达到尽快获取脑电波信息,
    这伙人会通过电子集束﹤超声波于次声波﹥对受害人头部发射淫乱及污辱语音,(这就是所谓的传音入密了)
    来激怒受害人,让受害人脑电波强于平常,这样更利于其脑电波扫描仪的读取于接收破译,通过无数次激怒受害人,
    这帮有组织成员通过读取的脑电波信息(也就是受害人的所思所想)(其实人的大脑类似一部电脑一样、
    人的言行举止都是通过大脑发出的指令所行为的,这种指令也就是大脑所产生的一种波段)利用电子集束向受害人大脑发出音波,
    也就达到了于受害人长期脑对话的过程,这样这伙人就可利用脑电波扫描仪所发出的波频,男女多人长期的二十四小时对受害人,
    进行脑对话,也就是受害人大脑默想什么、所发出的波频,这帮组织成员利用:(可能是另种仪器)向受害人大脑发出同等波频的信号,

    阅读全文 >> 分类:默认分类|阅读(4)|评论(0) 2009年4月29日

    2009-04-29 14:41

    一:头痛,头晕,头皮发麻,头皮局部有类似"触电"的感觉,有时侯感觉像是蚂蚁在头上爬行.
    二: 严重脱水,总是口渴,早上起来时尤为严重;
    三: 耳朵发痒,有时侯有类似于"针刺"的刺痛感;
    四:血压升高,经常感觉头重脚轻,全身乏力;
    五:心跳加快,心律不齐;
    六:内分泌失调,生理失常;白天注意力不集中,经常有忽然跑出来的怪念头,
    这些怪念头与日常工作学习完全无关;晚上恶梦不断,梦到的都是和日常工作生活完全关的怪梦;

    阅读全文 >> 分类:默认分类|阅读(0)|评论(0) 2009年4月29日

    2009-04-29 14:41
    浙江大学医学院陈宜张教授解说

    脑电波扫描仪的接收范围是方圆100公里-200公里,超过以上距离可以使用卫星,在100公里以内将脑电波扫描仪接收到的信号发射到GPS卫星上,
    通过卫星转发就可在地球上任何地方用另一个脑电波扫描仪接收,只要输入特征码编号(脑电波指纹)。

    脑电波扫描仪除了可以接收脑电波外,还能将信号传送给被害人的听觉神径(是一种能被人听觉神径接收的电磁波,只要输入该人脑电波指纹,
    就能收到脑电波扫描仪使用者的讲话而不知道他们在哪里,在被害人边上没有被输入脑电波指纹的人收不到这种脑电波信号);还能控制人的各种生理状态,
    可发送类脑电波信号用来骚扰人和迫害人,可以发射各种信号让人关节痛、头痛、胃痛、身上各个部位痛,让人性欲增强也可让人性欲减退,

    阅读全文 >> 分类:默认分类|阅读(0)|评论(0) 2009年4月29日

    2009-04-29 14:40

    原文摘录
    “其实脑电波受害者与精神方面的疾病是有很大区别的,只是很多人对精神方面的疾病不是很了解,而脑电波受害者所描述出来的感觉又与精神疾病很相似,
    所以很容易给人们造成错觉,在这里我想指出的是脑电波受害者与精神方面的疾病有两点不同,相信你们如果真的用心去想是一定能够明白的。

    一:脑电波受害者在出现症状后都能感受到自己身上发生的状况与现实是不相符的,而患有精神疾病的人是感受不到这些的,他们的症状是为了缓解超越自身承受能力的压力而产生的。
    所以脑电波受害者迫切的想寻找答案和原因以及解决的办法,从而从这样的状态中走出来,而患有精神疾病的人是没有这样的感觉的,同时他本人也并不想从这样的状态中出来。

    阅读全文 >> 分类:默认分类|阅读(35)|评论(4) 2009年4月29日

    2009-04-29 14:40

    高科技整人设备(电磁武器)的五种作用
    第一,让人做梦(做梦时还搞人身体,有时搞人性器官;有时搞人五脏六腑;有时搞人耳朵,加强了我的耳鸣,很痛苦;严重影响了我的休息
    ),这个让人最痛苦(至少对于我来说是这样的),伤害也最大,让人痛苦的都想去死,能整死人。虽然人体试验是监控者搞我们的理由,但

    在实际监控过程中,监控者经常变态的毫无人性的虐待我们,摧残我们,甚至杀害我们。这些精神监控者让我做的不好的梦主要有以下四种类

    型:1、让人想醒都醒不来,想动都不能动的梦。既不能看,也不能说话,但大脑却是比较清醒的,可能能听到外界的声音,就像是个植物人一

    样。这类梦是非常令人痛

    September 5, 2011 at 5:04 am | Report abuse |
    • JBYJ

      Hey Lee, Why don't you save the homeland letters for your homeland? Leroy was "All American"

      September 5, 2011 at 6:18 am | Report abuse |
  13. Bill

    Men, don't let this be you! If you're over 30 with a family history of strokes or heart ailments, or over 40, PLEASE go out and get your blood pressure and cholesterol checked, then take the steps to correct them if they're out of whack!

    It's too easy for us to "act manly", and deny we need to go see a doctor. "I feel fine" is oftentimes the last foolish statement of someone about to DIE. Don't take away the time you could have with your loved ones, and live to enjoy your FULL life!

    This is speaking from someone who "felt fine", then went in to the doctor and found out his BP was 170 over 110..... DANGEROUSLY HIGH!!

    September 5, 2011 at 6:42 am | Report abuse |
  14. Lee Roy fan

    His contributions to Buccanneers and Bulls football are just a small part of his greater contribution to the Tampa Bay community. This was a man's man. Down-on-the-farm strong, smart, funny, generous, selfless, caring... There aren't enough superlatives in the English language. A great man who will be sorely missed. RIP Mr. Selmon.

    September 5, 2011 at 7:35 am | Report abuse |
  15. rick

    My condolences to his family and friends

    September 5, 2011 at 7:38 am | Report abuse |
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