A somber Sunday

While teams around the NFL have been reshaping their rosters today, the news comes that Lee Roy Selmon has died of complications from a stroke he suffered on Friday. He was 56.

It is a great loss to his family, he was the youngest of nine children; his former team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers; and anyone who enjoyed watching the former defensive end play the game as well as he did.

Selmon was the first pick overall in the NFL Draft in 1976, when the Bucs and Seahawks entered the league as expansion teams. Before he was finished playing in 1984, Selmon had been voted to six Pro Bowls and named to the NFL’s All-Decade Team for the 1980s. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1995.

The Buccaneers announced his passing in a statement:

“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.”

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