Twenty-four hours after suffering a major stroke, Buccaneers Hall of Famer Lee Roy Selmon is reportedly showing slight signs of improvement.
According to published reports by Joey Johnston of the Tampa Tribune, Selmon’s brother Dewey Selmon had this to say about his youngest brother.
"He's stable and we all have great hope,'' Dewey Selmon said. "He's a fighter. Keep the prayers going."
"Lee Roy knows that a lot of people care about him and are praying for him. He knows that.''
Dewey Selmon said he was told the first 48 hours following a stroke are important and a more definitive condition could be known by the conclusion of the weekend.
Family members and friends have been gathering at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa since the news broke late Friday afternoon.
Johnston was able to speak with former teammate, linebacker David Lewis, who visited Selmon last night and stayed until the early morning. Lewis told Johnston “Leroy is breathing on his own.”
Lewis went onto to comment to Johnston and the Tribune about the situation.
"The family is leaning on their faith and nobody has more faith than Lee Roy,'' said Lewis, an assistant football coach at Tampa Catholic High School. "Things like this can turn and they can turn for the best. That's what I'm hoping and praying for.
"He has too much to live for. There's no doubt in my mind that he has achieved his eternal salvation, but I want more time with him. He's my brother. I think he's going to be strong. Dewey is strong. Lee Roy's son is strong. I just want him to keep getting better.''
A nursing supervisor listed Selmon, 56, in critical condition as of early this afternoon.
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 No. 63 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.
The Glazer family issued a statement regarding Selmon earlier this evening.
“From the very start, Lee Roy Selmon has been there for his team and community. Now, he and the whole Selmon family should know that our family and the entire Buccaneer organization is thinking of and praying for him.’’
PewterReport.com has been at St. Joseph’s Hospital since earlier today and will have updates as they become available.
On behalf of the staff at PewterReport.com we offer our sincere prayers and thoughts to Lee Roy Selmon and the family and pray for a speedy recovery.