Conflicting reports have now come out disputing the validity of a claim confirming the passing of Lee Roy Selmon. Multiple sources including the St. Pete Times had announced the passing of Selmon based on member of the restaurant management group's statements that Selmon had in fact died.The management member has now retracted his earlier statement. At this time PewterReport.com can only confirm Selmon has suffered a stoke, and at last report from a family member, his condition was listed as "serious."
Selmon was the Buccaneers first-overall pick out of Oklahoma during the team’s inaugural 1976 season. Playing for Tampa Bay his entire career, Selmon retired before the 1986 season due to a back injury.
The former Sooner earned six straight Pro Bowl nominations from 1979 to 1984, and collected 78.5 quarterback sacks during his career. Selmon 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's number 63 jersey remains the only number retired by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
After his football career, Selmon was involved in numerous charitable organizations, opened a chain of restaurants bearing his name, and served as the University of South Florida’s associate athletic director from 1993-2001, before taking over as the school’s athletic director until he retired in 2004 citing health issues.
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