Lee Roy Selmon In Serious Condition

September 2nd, 2011

Update: 10:01 p.m. As part of an historic screwup, the St. Pete Times has withdrawn its report that Selmon passed away. Joe apologizes to those who were mis-led here.

Update: 7:35 p.m. The St. Pete Times reports that Selmon has died.

Joe’s media partners at WTSP-TV, Ch. 10 are reporting that Bucs legend Lee Roy Selmon had a stroke.

There’s really not much to say. This is a very sad moment.

Joe’s had a chance to talk to Selmon a couple of times, and Joe’s not sure there’s a more genuine guy with top-flight values.

Selmon sounded great on radio while on a bit of a media tour just this week. Unfortunately, he was in the public eye shooting down a false report that claimed he was part of a lawsuit against the NFL by former players. Joe can only imagine how being misrepresented so publicly must have weighed on a man of Selmon’s integrity.

Selmon is in Joe’s prayers.

54 Responses to “Lee Roy Selmon In Serious Condition”

  1. justin Says:

    i always see him at my carrollwood publix really nice guy hope he gets well

  2. Thomas 2.2 Says:

    Get well soon to THE GREATEST buc! Hall of Famer in football and life. God bless 63.

  3. Becky Abel Says:

    Sad to hear. He’s my favorite Buc of all time. Get well Leroy

  4. grasshopp427er Says:


  5. bucfanintally Says:

    get well soon. You’ll be in my prayers for a speedy recovery

  6. Dean Says:

    My favorite Buc of all time, the reason I’m a Bucs fan in first place. Get well 63.

  7. USMC-BUC Says:

    Fox 13 reporting he has passed away 🙁 RIP

  8. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    The news just got worse. My prayers go out to the Selmon family on their loss.

  9. Snook Says:

    He has passed. So sad. Awful.

  10. Aldo Says:

    Never saw that coming, now its time to give the man a trophy this season!!! RIP Mr Selmon

  11. raphael Says:

    God bless Leroy,
    great man
    great football player
    I will have to stop and get some sweet heat chicken from Selmon’s


  12. USMC-BUC Says:

    Now all news outlets reporting that the death press release was wrong and that he is still alive and fighting.

  13. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    Now his brother is saying he is still alive. Let’s all hope and pray for the best.

  14. Kevin Says:

    Looks like there are conflicting reports. Sounds like the death was prematurely reported. Regardless, it’s certainly terrible news for the Selmon family. Our thoughts are with you…

  15. chris Buc Says:

    This a great loss, not just to our Buc Family but all the Tampa and surounding areas as he was so involved in our communities. Bless his family and may our prayers reach them in their time of mourning.

  16. alan thomas Says:

    come on joe. update your headline. it is being reported everywhere that he is alive. no one deserves this sort of reporting if it is not true. i hope to god you are wrong with this story. such a classy human being. i have respected him as long as i can remember living. thoughts are with you 63.

  17. bucswin Says:

    Change the headline until the family updates everybody.

  18. bucfanlostiniowa Says:

    Everbody backing off the reports of his death, i feel bad for all the people who posted R.I.P.

  19. Truebuc Says:

    hes alive… according to 10 news change the headline joe!

  20. bucswin Says:

    Hospital says he’s alive. Change the freaking headline.


  21. Don Lock Says:


  22. alan thomas Says:

    you awake joe?

  23. raphael Says:

    Everbody backing off the reports of his death, i feel bad for all the people who posted R.I.P.

    bucfaniniowa why do you feel bad..I posted rip< thats what you should do when you here of somebody passing.its not our fault IF its not true…prayers to the Selmon family

  24. bucfanlostiniowa Says:

    Whatever dude, there were too many conflicting stories, no straight answers. There was no way i was posting up r.i.p. unless i knew for sure. So yeah i do feel bad for those who did.

  25. Capt.Tim Says:

    A dark day for the Tampa Bay Area.

    The First time I met Leroy Selmon was at a Peoples bank in Lakeland. I was a young boy, and he signed a poster they were giving away. He was a giant of a man. But despite the line, took time to talk to me- not just at me with fake interest. He was soft spoken and so articulate and sincere. In my years in the band, I met a lot of Famous people. Leroy Selmon was the only Man i ever asked for an autograph.He was the greatest ambassador an NFL expansion team could have asked for. I never forgot meeting Mr. Selmon

    Leroy is the greatest of all Bucs- and that’s saying alot. He has always represented both Team and Town with the greatest of Class and integrity. We were honored by his time here. He was our first Representative in the Hall of Fame. If there was a Hall of Fame for caring Celebrity with Class, he would be there also. He impacted my life in a very positive way, and made me a Buc Fan forever.

    My most heartfelt prayers to the Selmon family, and to the larger Buccaneer family. And to the people who lives he touched and who loved him.

    And that would be huge amount if People. Including me

    God Bless Leroy Selmon

  26. canadabuc Says:

    calm down people. It’s friday night on a long weekend and if Joe is like me he’s already about 6-8 beers in. This is not his responsibility because the media outlets reported this possibly incorrect story.

  27. alan thomas Says:

    there are reasons why canada is refered to as america’s hat. canadabuc what a dumb comment. no offense but you are a nobody who is not a member of the media so i does not matter if you are 1 or 30 beers in at any time. joe has a website that is read by thousands of people. while he did not ‘create’ the story it is his responsibility to keep it factual. if someone yells fire in a theatre and i go running out screaming fire without smelling smoke i would hope i would get my ass kicked if it were false. no need to perpetuate false information. joe is dropping the ball and i’m very thankful his story is not true at this time.

  28. Joe Says:

    Guys, Joe is working a high school football game and cannot update this site with his blackberry.

  29. canadabuc Says:

    Dropping the ball come on are you kidding me…… Ungrateful people like you must think Joe owes you something.
    PS I live in Orlando with both Canadian and US citizenship so i’m not going to acknowledge ignorant comments like that.

  30. canadabuc Says:

    Best wishes to the Selmon family.

  31. admin Says:

    Joe here,

    Take a deep breath everyone. Joe has updated. Let’s just be happy that the Times got it wrong and hope that Lee Roy Selmon can fight his way through.

  32. raphael Says:

    well said joe

  33. Four Fingered Fisherman Says:

    Get well soon. My prayers go out to Mr. Selmon and the entire Selmon Family.

  34. Eric Says:

    I got a Leroy Story.

    In 1978 I was in Unniversity Community Hospital for some minor surgery.

    Leroy was there that day visiting some kids, and stopped by my room also and gave me an autographed poster. He spent a good half hour with me talking football. I was a little nervous about the surgery so he really put me at ease.

    The next day as I was recovering Leroy called me on the phone and asked how I was doing. Ill never forget that. Didn’t have to – no cameras -nobody but me knew he did it. Just genuine kindness.

    What a great guy. God bless you Leroy.

  35. jason Says:

    Our prayers go out to Mr Selmon and his fam.

  36. jason Says:

    are you doing bmans pickem again?

  37. Joe H. Says:

    Mr. Selmon was the first athelete I ever got an autograph from as a kid. My love for the Buccaneers came because of him. I pray that he fights through this, and also for comfort for the Selmon family.

  38. Four Fingered Fisherman Says:

    Eric – Thanks for sharing…That’s beyond awesome!

  39. denny Says:

    Somebody needs to update this website…wait until the family says something before a headline like this is published…no class, no class at all…

  40. denny Says:

    Sorry Joe..but fir some reason I am only picking up the update to Serious condition’ when I go to the comments section…main joebucsfan.com is still showing ‘Selmon dead’…hope you accept my apology.

  41. Joe Says:


    The story was updated at 11 p.m. Not sure what to tell you if you are seeing an hours-old page. Try hitting the refresh button.

  42. Patrick Says:

    Is he okay?? Please let him be.

  43. Pruritis Ani Says:

    Man this is horrific news. The guy is the model of what you would ever want in athlete, both on an off the field. With Selmon you only saw good and never, ever, heard of anything bad. I hope he is able to recover.

  44. Snook Says:

    Joe : your “partner” channel 10 reported that he was dead WAY before the St Pete Times did.

  45. RastaMon Says:

    I missed the news until a few minutes ago….listening to him accept his place in the NFL Hall of Fame…I had to wipe the tears from my eyes…..
    he has meant so so much the the Tampa Bay area….sad so sad…

  46. Vince Says:

    Praying for you and your family 63.

  47. Pete Dutcher Says:

    Joe, check the spam folder please. My post didn’t show.

  48. Tampa--->Baaaaaaayyyy Says:

    Pete… YOU are the spam buddy.

  49. Niko (The Optimist) Says:

    What an embarrassment. A man has a stroke, and all you people can do is argue amongst yourselves. how selfish.

    This is why I really have no desire to have comments on my site. Its just not worth it.

  50. alan thomas Says:

    some of the worst reporting this side of dewey v. truman

  51. Joe Says:


    Joe : your “partner” channel 10 reported that he was dead WAY before the St Pete Times did.

    Joe was not in front of a TV when all of this was going down as he was working a high school football game. But on Twitter, Channel 10 was the lone news source that stuck to their guns when everyone else had Selmon in a morgue. WTSP used Dewey Selmon as a source to report his brother had not died.

    In fact, other news outlets mocked WTSP on Twitter for reporting Lee Roy Selmon was still alive.

  52. Capt.Tim Says:

    Niko, you’re right about some of us, not all Of us. A lot of Heartfelt love and best wishes here , also.

    I don’t care who reported what. We’ll kick them in the nuts later. I’m just glad that a great man is still among us. That’s all that matters at this moment

  53. SkookumSmitty Says:

    I had a report this morning that Mr. Selmon’s P.R. people confirmed his death to someone in the media, and they used that confirmation as the source…I think that says more about P.R. people than the media.

  54. Snook Says:

    Sorry, Joe. With all due respect, I was online when all this went down.

    When I clicked on your link to Channel 10 it said he had passed away. It was the only site I could find that said he was dead. The St Pete Times later changed their report to a death as well.

    Skookum: You’re right. I don’t blame 10 OR the Times. It was the idiot from the restaurant.