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Mark Cook

Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at [email protected]

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    A true gentleman and a wonderful representative of the Buccaneers and the Tampa area.

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    Lee Roy Selmon remains the greatest Buccaneer. He WAS the Bucs in their early years and played hard every down, win or lose. He embodied the word class and represented the entire Tampa Bay area in a way that made us all proud.

    I know you know this Mark, but long time Buccaneer fans would give their eye tooth for having not only met the man, but for being able to talk to him and have him tell you his story. I was at that game when he was the first Buccaneer inducted into the Ring of Honor and was also proud to be there and to be able to thank him in some small way. Lee Roy was the only Buccaneer in the NFL Hall of Fame for many year, our first player to make it. No Buccaneer player will ever be better than Lee Roy Selmon.

    Thanks and a hat tip for this story, for this reminder of Lee Roy’s legend here.

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    Thanks Mark. i just had to wipe my eyes. Lee Roy was such a humble person. Many of us have stories about him and I have told mine before so no need to tell it again. I am grateful Lee Roy Selmon is one of my heroes and an inspiration for me and many others. In my opinion he is still the best player to ever put on a Buc uniform. From the get go he was doubled and tribled teamed. Go Bucs!

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      Mark Cook

      Appreciate it Horse. We were blessed to see such a talent play in person.

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    Keith F

    Thank you Mark. We’re the same age (only four days a part) and it was like I was writing the article myself. Our experience was almost exactly as mine, I even watched the Eagle playoff game at my grandmother’s where I saw my uncle on national television smack dab in the middle of the screen, screaming at the camera with all the other fans in a sea of orange. I actually ready read pieces of your article to my wife because I talk about Lee Roy. Even though we live in South Florida, we purchased Season Tickets (our first time)…had a hunch Winston was going to make the Bucs fun again. The point is she lets me talk about Lee Roy all the time, I always tell her I wish I had a chance to meet him in person because every time you saw or heard about him, you would hear nothing but great things. Thanks again for taking us back and remembering Lee Roy!!

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      Mark Cook

      Thanks so much Keith. Means a lot my friend.

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    The greatest Buccaneer indeed. Also, the original Buccaneer. I still can’t believe he’s gone.

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    Mark: Always great to read a story about #63. As I type this, right behind me is a bit of a Lee Roy Selmon shrine in my Bucs Den. There is a hand painted (by my talented son in law) football of Lee Roy who personally autographed it for me after he made the Hall of Fame. On the wall beside it s a photograph (also autographed) of a much thinner Scubog standing next to Lee Roy in his home that was taken back in 1985 when I had a chance to do some work for him. I have the book Gentle Giants, written by Lee Roy’s mother in law about all three of the brothers. It is autographed by both Lee Roy and brother Dewey. I have the “Thank you Mr. & Mrs Selmon” bumper sticker. I have an autographed Hall of Fame Game program. Of course, I have loads of newspaper articles and photographs of the greatest Buccaneer. But the real memorabilia is what is in my memories. As great as Lee Roy was, he had no ego. He treated everyone like he was fortunate to meet them not the other way around. I was thrilled that he remembered me each time we would meet.

    As I was doing the work mentioned above, Training Camp was about to begin. Of course I asked Lee Roy if he was looking forward to new Coach Bennett. He then revealed to me that his “season was in jeopardy” because of a back injury he suffered at the Pro Bowl. This was not common knowledge. He also told me he would not have surgery due to his fear of anesthesia. I was shocked. He never played again.

    Always grateful that Lee Roy and his family remained in the area and became an even more important part of our community. For those of you who were too young to see #63. He was an absolute terror as a 3-4 defensive end who barely weighed 250 even though he was listed at 260. He was lightning quick off the edge like Simeon Rice and would help the QB up like Gerald McCoy. I often wondered just how good Lee Roy would be if he ever got Sapp’s attitude.

    Thank goodness we won that coin flip with Seattle. Rest in peace Lee Roy. We’re still thinking about you.

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    Sincere, heartfelt and well written. Wonderful memories. Thank you for sharing.

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    In 1977 when the Bucs entertained walk on try outs I was invited back for the second day of practice. They gave me a funky set a pads and told me to block. Trying out for center or guard. On the third practice play out of nowhere came a blur and I was knocked into next week looking out of the ear hole of my helmet.
    Next this big ass hand grabbed my arm and yanked me to my feet. Leroy said to me “that was half speed kid” yanked my helmet off and swatted my head, softly.
    McKay immediately yelled “get that guy off the field before he gets killed”.
    That was the last time I ever put a pair of pads on.
    Leroy Selmon was a true man among men. Years later I went to a grand opening of one of his restaurants just to see the man. Amazingly he said he hoped he didn’t hurt me that day. He remembered me after at least 20 years. What a great dude he was.

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    Wow!! You guys have some great stories! Thank you and Mark for sharing!

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    The greatest of players, a gentleman, and a gentle man. Much like Sweetness, he advanced the cause of integration by his humanity. He and Walter Payton were the best mankind had to offer. The one shortcoming of Warren Sapp was that he failed to follow their example. Sad, just sad.

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