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Multiple Sources Reporting Lee Roy Selmon Dead At 56

EDIT: Selmon is not dead, but in critical condition in the hospital. Channel 10 News seemed very certain about this at first.


Tragic news just breaking today as multiple sources are telling Noah Pransky of Tampa Bay's Channel 10 News that Buccaneers hall of famer Lee Roy Selmon has passed away Friday afternoon after suffering a massive stroke in his Tampa home.

Selmon was the Buccaneers first draft pick in their inaugural season, taken with the first overall pick of the draft in 1976. Selmon played eight seasons for the Bucs, before retiring in 1984, winning a rookie of the year award, an MVP award, and making six pro bowls during his illustrious career. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1995 and became the first member of the Buccaneers Ring of Honor in 2009.

Selmon is also considered the father of USF Football, as he played an instrumental role in bringing the sport to the University of South Florida. He had been a prominent member of the Tampa community since his retirement, serving as USF's athletic director for a period as well as opening a chain of restaurants in the bay area.

Selmon was 56 years old.

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