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September 4, 2011 @ 6:10 pm
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Buccaneers Great Lee Roy Selmon Gone Too Soon At Age 56

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Mark Cook

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Buccaneers Hall of Famer Leroy Selmon passed away this afternoon, 48 hours after suffering a serious stroke. The legendary Tampa Bay area icon was 56.

Forty-eight hours after former Tampa Bay defensive end and Pro Football Hall of Famer Lee Roy Selmon suffered a serious stroke, the Buccaneers legend known as “The Gentle Giant”, passed away Sunday afternoon at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa. Selmon was 56.

The family released a statement this evening "thanking the community for their thoughts and prayers" and noted Selmon was surrounded by his family when he died.

The former Oklahoma Sooner earned six straight Pro Bowl nominations from 1979 to 1984, and collected 78.5 quarterback sacks during his career, which ranks first in team history. The 1979 NFL Defensive Player of the Year 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 officially 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 released this statement this evening regarding the passing of the Buccaneer great.

"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. Put simply, he was first class. He was the real deal. We are so blessed to have known this fine man and to have called him one of our own, yet so sad to have lost him so soon. Our hearts go out to the Selmon family at this time of their loss."

PewterReport.com sends its sincerest condolences to the Selmon family.

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    This would be a great opportunity for the Glazers to make an exception and lift the blackout to hold a tribute for Lee Roy.
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    Leroy is in a better place now! My prayers for his family. He will sorely missed by this community.
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    May God comfort his family as they mourn the loss of a well loved man.
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    What a shame to see him go at a relative young age. The first great Buc is no longer with us. He's in a better place. My prayers are with him and his family...
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    I enjoyed reading all your tributes to Mr. Selmon on this sad occasion. Thank you.
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    His name is Lee Roy not Leroy as Hugh Culverhouse used to call him.
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    What a huge loss.The Bucs should honor#63 Sunday vs. Lions by wearing throwbacks,the new jerseys would not be right this Sunday.This small token of respect would help healing Tampa community and BucNation.I believe teams can wear throwbacks twice in season.Carolina game and(ROH)Giles throwback game can still exist.
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    no pass rusher that comes through Tampa will ever equal up to how great this man was on & off the field. RIP Lee Roy Selmon.
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    Lookout Satan ----- Jesus has an all pro now!!!!!!! A truly great man on and off the field. A true philanthropist and a role model for all mankind. We will all truly miss you and your contributions to the Tampa Bay area as a great man. God Bless you and your family always.
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    RIP Leroy!!
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    What a shame. That's just too young to die.....My prayers are with the family.
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    My condolences to the entire Selmon family. A great man has left us today, one who epitomized what it is we should all aspire to be, on or off the field. RIP 63.
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    "Only the good die young" seems to be beared out by LeRoy Selmon's passing. He made people feel like they were important and I truly believe that he thought everyone was. He gave Tampa an air of optimism. I have been in a state of depression since I heard of his passing, as I'm sure most people are. RIP LeRoy Selmon and blessings to the Selmon family. If people like me that barely knew the man are sad, I can only imagine the pain his family is in.
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    Sad day for all Buc Fans and all football fans. Truely a great player and an outstanding community leader. My prayers for his entire family. May the hand of God be upon you all.
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    Back in 1985 I was fortunate to do some work for Lee Roy and his wife Claybra for a few days at their home. He was so gracious and humble. A lot smaller than his listed 260 lbs. He even let me return to take a photograph with him that hangs on the wall in my Buc's room. The time I was with him was when training camp was approaching. He told me he had been injured in the Pro Bowl and needed back surgery in order to continue playing. This news had not be publicized. Lee Roy had a fear of anesthesia and chose not to have the surgery that would have allowed him to continue. He never played again. The last time I ran into Lee Roy was in 1995 after he was inducted into the Hall of Fame when he signed a football my son-in law hand-painted with the likeness of the great # 63 and my wife's USF pennant. Not sure if he remembered me, but in typical Lee Roy fashion, he acted like he did and that it was more important for him than it was me. Sad, sad day. When things were bad in 1976 we always knew we had Lee Roy Selmon.
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    RIP Leroy Selmon!!!
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    There was one giant of a man. RIP Leroy and my prayers to the Selmon family.
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    Truly a sad day for all Buccaneer fans. One of the true greats on and off the field... we will miss you Lee Roy. RIP.
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    Very sad news. Thoughts and prayers go out to the Selmon family. You'll be missed dearly.
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    So sad to hear this. He truely was a very nice person. We need lots of Lee Roy Selmons in this world.
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    My prayers goes to Mr.Selmon's family
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    This breaks my heart!!! RIP Leroy
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    WOW just saw this on MSN.com...Unbelievable...I had to come here to verify...My condolences to the Selmon Family...OBD
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    A truly great man. Prayers and thoughts to the Selmon family and all those that knew him.
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