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September 2, 2011 @ 5:52 pm
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Conflicting Reports On Selmon After Suffering A Stroke

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Buccaneers Hall of Famer and Ring of Honor inductee Lee Roy Selmon suffered a stroke on Friday. His last reported condition was listed as serious. Selmon was recently at One Buc Place during training camp in August along with former Bucs teammate TE Jimmie Giles, who is the most recent inductee into Tampa Bay's Ring of Honor.

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.

We will continue to gather information and report it as it happens.

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    ihave a story for you lasst year my daughter friend and i flew to tampa for the pittsburgh game we were sitting in the lounge and a waitress passed by who was wearing a number 63 on her shirt i asked her where i could get a shirt like that and her comment to me is why it was so special i said it belonged tto my favorite player as i was growing up she said do you want to meet him i said heck yes she proceeded to take me through the bar and this big man was introduced to me talking as if he were a friend since childhood he is truly my hero and a person who we should all pattern ourselves to be like my prayers to you and youre family
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    A great sportsman and an even greater human being, blessed with the finest qualities of humility, integrity and dignity and held in the highest regard and affection by all who know him. Like all of us I hope that Lee Roy can face this great challenge and pull through. If anyone has the courage and strength of will to do so it is surely him and he should know that all his many many friends and admirers are pulling for him to make it.
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    I grew up idolizing him and my prayers go with him and his family. Hang in there Lee Roy and God bless !
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    Thoughts and prayers go out to Leroy and his family. Greatest Buc of all time and an even greater person.
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    I visit his restaurant every time I go back to FLA and two ys ago I met him there he was so gracious as he went table to table signing autographs and taking pics with his patrons I never had the privaledge of seeing him play but I am truly sad for his loss.
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    LeRoy Selmon is a Tampa Natural resource. He moved here in 1976 and fell in love with this town and this town fell in love with Leroy Selmon. He put USF football on the map. No one else could have galvanized Tampa the way LeRoy did. He is a great man. I hope he will pull through this stroke and stay with us. If Tampa loses LeRoy Selmon, we lose a ray of sunshine.
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    Godspeed # 63. You have been a stalwart of the community, and a giant amongst men on the football field. Tampa is indebted to you. Please get well fast, and know that you are in our thougts and Prayers.
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    I hope he is able to make a full recovery. He was a great football player and more importantly, he is a great person.
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    I cant believe this, I am in shock!! I have met him and he was someone you would just gravitate to! Such a great man and polite and one of the best role models the Bucs have ever had! This is so sad to lose such a great human being!! No doubt this man is with his maker and heaven is a better place tonight!!
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    The #1 Buccaneer of all time and never got the credit he deserved. Had he played in New York he would be in the same level as LT. RIP Lee Roy... Buccaneer Nation will miss you. :(
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    Our deepest sympathies and most solemn prayers for the Selmon Family. A great sportsman and beloved member of our community. We will all miss the quiet demeanor of a great man!
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    WTSP10News and Adam Schefter are both reporting that he is in critical condition and NOT dead. This is coming from his brother Dewey just 15 minutes ago.
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    I so hope that is correct.
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    The GREATEST BUC EVER!!!. What a loss to this community. What an example he set for many young men. Go Bucs! Every player on this team please use Lee Roy Selmon as an example to follow!
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    Sad day for all Bucs fans.....I am still hearing conflicting reports.....praying for him and his family. He is my age.....it just can't be.
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    Just a great Man! Lets all stay focused on that. As said right? A gentle giant. But on the field, he was something else. A pure silent leader. I and many others will miss you. You are in Gods hands now and you are very okay. Go Bucs! The best of the best! Lee Roy Selmon!
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    Also,God be with the Selmon Family through out this time!I hope he has a full recovery!
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    what a great Man! This is one of our heroes for us Buc Fans. To the Semons, I am so sorry that his has happened. What a great individual. He will always be in my heart.
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    Wow! He's Dead! Sources now confirm that our bigest Buc is gone!
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    Wow! Just in shock! I so loved this man! Many years ago he helped me and Ricky Bell help a young kid name Simeon. He is just a great guy. Please lets all hope for the best.
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