According to recent reports from 10 News, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Hall of Famer Lee Roy Selmon suffered a severe stroke this afternoon and is believed to be in a critical condition. He was found unconcious at his home in Tampa.
A graduate of University of Oklahoma, Selmon was drafted by the Buccaneers with the first pick of the 1976 draft. The Bucs were a brand new expansion team at the time, so Selmon was one of the very first stars of the franchise. Playing as a defensive lineman, he was with the Bucs for nine seasons until he retired at the age of 30.
Over the course of his career, Lee Roy was elected to the Pro-Bowl six times. The Buccaneers retired his number in 1986, and Selmon was elected into the NFL Hall of Fame in 1995. He is the only Buccaneer in the Hall of Fame.
After his retirement, Selmon set up shop in the Tampa Bay area. He got involved with the University of South Florida, serving as both the Assistant Athletic Director and Athletic Director over the course of his time with the school. As Athletic Director, he personally launched the USF football program and helped get USF into the Big East. He resigned in 2004, but had remained involved with USF in a variety of ways. He is 57 years old.
We’ll keep you up to date as news breaks. Hang tough, Lee Roy. You mean a lot to us.