Football hero passes away

Emily Duren, Editor-In-Chief
September 19, 2011

   To younger generations, Lee Roy Selmon is the name on the front of several steakhouses in the Bay Area. However, to those who were young adults in the late 70′s, Selmon was the star of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, inducted into the hall of fame, and is the only Buc to ever have his jersey number retired. After his retirement, Selmon went on to help start the University of South Florida football team, then served as head athletic director of the USF Bulls from 2001-2004.

   The Selmon Expressway (also known as the crosstown) is named after Selmon, evidence of the huge impact he had on Tampa. On September 4th, 2011, Selmon passed away from complications of a massive stroke, which he suffered two days prior. The Glazer family, current owners of the Bucs, released this statement about Selmon’s death: “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.”

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