Lee Roy Selmon, the "Original Buccaneer" and a man revered among the Tampa Bay community for his contributions both on and off the playing field, will be memorialized at Idlewild Baptist Church in Lutz this Friday at 10 a.m.
The first player selected by the Buccaneers in the the team's inaugural 1976 NFL Draft and the franchise's sole member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Selmon passed away Sunday at the age of 56 after suffering a serious stroke just two days prior.
Idlewild Baptist Church is located at 18371 N. Dale Mabry Hwy. in Lutz. A visitation period has been established for Thursday evening from 5 to 8 p.m. at Exciting Central Tampa Baptist Church on 2923 N. Tampa St. The Selmon family will be present from 5 to 7 p.m.
Final services are to be held in Oklahoma City, where Selmon will be laid to rest. The Bucs all-time sacks leader was born and raised in Eufaula, Okla. and was a two-time NCAA National Champion and three-time All-American at the University of Oklahoma.
In addition to Friday's service in Lutz, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced that a location has been set up near Raymond James Stadium for those wishing to leave items in tribute to Selmon's life. Flowers, cards and other remembrances can be placed on the tree-shaded mound in the middle of the mass transit drop-off turnaround on Dale Mabry, according to the team's website. The entrance to this area is just north of the stadium near the footbridge that crosses Dale Mabry.
Items can be placed from 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, when Tampa Bay opens its season at home against the Detroit Lions.
Also in the team's press release, the Selmon family has suggested that, in lieu of flowers, those wishing to further honor Lee Roy’s memory consider making donations to Abe Brown Ministries (813-248-3224) or the University of South Florida Foundation Partnership for Athletics (813-974-2125).