Lee Roy Selmon 1954-2011

September 4th, 2011

This time it is all too accurate.

Lee Roy Selmon, Mr. Buccaneer, the lone player from the Bucs who has his bust enshrined in Canton, the very first player drafted by the Bucs in team history, the man who started the football program at USF, has passed away.

Ira Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune has the sad details.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Hall of Fame defensive end Lee Roy Selmon died this afternoon, two days after suffering a massive stroke.

Selmon, 56, was admitted to St. Joseph’s Hospital Friday. A steady stream of family and former teammates have been visiting Selmon over the weekend to offer support for the first player indicted into Tampa Bay’s Ring of Honor and to his family members.

Selmon’s teammates are being notified now of his death.

To paraphrase Doug Williams, Selmon’s teammate with the Bucs, who was quoted  by Kaufman today, Joe doesn’t know what to say.

Perhaps, a humble “thank you” is in order?

Condolences to the Selmon family.

Nicole Darin, of Joe’s partner WTSP-TV Channel 10, has quoted via Twitter a statement of Selmon’s passing from his family.

“It is with very heavy hearts that the Selmon Family announces the passing of our beloved husband, father and brother, Lee Roy Selmon.”

The Glazer Family, owners of the Bucs, also released a statement on Selmon’s passing.

“Tampa Bay has lost another giant. 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.”

20 Responses to “Lee Roy Selmon 1954-2011”

  1. Fear The Glo Says:

    The one and only bright spot in this whole thing is that at least his family and friends got a chance to say their goodbyes.

    RIP sir.

  2. aldo Says:

    RIP Mr Selmon

  3. RastaMon Says:

    so sad…

  4. Jfgobucs Says:

    God Bless..This Mighty Buccaneer and Great Human being
    RIP my friend..

  5. buc40 Says:

    So sad to read this. His memory shall live on forever

  6. Aceofaerospace Says:

    Leroy is basking in glory right now for “A Life Well Done”. God bless you Leroy. My tears are for me and your family, all who will miss you dearly.

  7. raphael Says:

    God Bless you Leroy, THANK YOU SIR !

  8. Apple Roof Cleaning Says:

    Goodbye Leroy, you are gone, but will never be forgotten in Tampa.

  9. fanofkitfkit Says:

    The world has lost one of the few true gentlemen gracing this earth. Our loss is truly Heaven’s gain. I wish you and your family all of God’s blessings Mr. Selmon.

  10. ReyBucfan San Diego Says:

    God Bless your family and may they know you are better off!!

  11. Mike Mullen Says:

    Bucs please honor #63 Sunday vs. Lions and wear throwbacks,any other uniform would not be right.I know Carolina game(ROH)for Giles is throwback,I believe NFL allows teams to wear throwbacks twice a year.This small token of respect would help the healing process in TB area and BucNation.Still feel numb and empty.

  12. devon Says:

    Wow we lost a true great man, thanks for all you did for the tampa bay area, and thank you for making my father so happy and signing his jersey he loves it, god bless your wife and children and the rest of the selmon family. You will be in our hearts forever, its a very bad day in Tampa Bay and Oklahoma, Love always…….



  14. Pete Dutcher Says:

    Words just cannot express how hard this hits the Bay area. Lee Roy…he was more than a Buccaneer…he was more than a man. He was a representation of what all men should strive to be. I’ll miss him dearly.

    Mike Mullen Says:
    Bucs please honor #63 Sunday vs. Lions and wear throwbacks,any other uniform would not be right.

    I have to agree with this. I’m not sure if it’s within league rules to make such a change at this point though. I’m sure if it is possible, they will do it.

    But if it’s not possible, I hope that they can at least get permission to wear a #63 patch for the entire season. It just doesn’t seem right that Lee Roy’s life only be celebrated with one game.

  15. Pete Dutcher Says:

    Joe…I got spammed AGAIN.

  16. Apple Roof Cleaning Says:

    Me too Pete, it happens when I make a post longer then a paragraph.

  17. Pete Dutcher Says:

    Thanks, Joe 🙂

  18. Pete Dutcher Says:

    Spammed again…with no html tags.

  19. Vince Says:

    Thank you Mr. Selmon….That’s all I can say at this sad time

  20. Capt.Tim Says:

    Goodbye,Mr. Selmon. Few walk the path of life with the grace, Class,and style that you showed thru out your life. You touched the lives of many, including me.
    Tampa will always love you, and never forget you
    Rip #63. Job well done