Lee Roy Selmon

Lee Roy Selmon (October 20, 1954 – September 4, 2011) was an American football player and college athletics administrator. He played college football as a defensive tackle at the University of Oklahoma, the youngest of three Selmon brothers to play football there.

He was a consensus All-American in 1974 and 1975 and a member of consecutive national championship teams for the Oklahoma Sooners in 1974 and 1975.

Selmon was selected by the expansion Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the first overall pick in the 1976 NFL draft. He played in the National Football League (NFL) for nine seasons, from 1976 to 1984, all with the Buccaneers.

Selmon joined the athletic department at the University of South Florida in 1993 and served as the school's athletic director from 2001 to 2004. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1988 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1995.

Lee Roy Selmon
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Selmon during his playing career
No. 63
Position:Defensive end
Personal information
Born:October 20, 1954
Eufaula, Oklahoma
Died:September 4, 2011 (aged 56)
Tampa, Florida
Career information
High school:Eufaula (OK)
NFL Draft:1976 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Fumbles forced:28.5
Player stats at NFL.com

Early life

Selmon was the youngest of nine children of Lucious and Jessie Selmon, raised on a farm near Eufaula, Oklahoma. A National Honor Society member at Eufaula High School, he graduated in 1972 after playing football through high school. His two brothers also played football and went to the University of Oklahoma, which he attended and where he graduated.

College career

In 1972, Selmon joined his brothers Lucious and Dewey Selmon in playing on the defensive line at the University of Oklahoma. He blossomed into a star in 1974, anchoring one of the best defenses in Oklahoma Sooners football history. The Sooners were national champions in 1974 and 1975. Selmon won the Lombardi Award and the Outland Trophy in 1975. Oklahoma head coach Barry Switzer called him the best player he ever coached, and College Football News placed him as the 39th-best college player of all time.

Selmon was known as "The Gentle Giant." In the fall of 1999, Selmon was named to the Sports Illustrated 'NCAA Football All-Century Team.'

Selmon was named a consensus All-American in 1974 and 1975 by Newspaper Enterprise Association. His list of achievements include the National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete, GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-American, and Graduate Fellowship Winner National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame. The 1996 Walter Camp "Alumnus of the Year" was voted to the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame [1] in 1992.


Season Tackles Sacks TFL
UT AT TT Sack YdsL TFL Yds
1972 5 6 11 3 16 1 ?
1973 37 20 57 9 49 2 ?
1974 65 60 125 18 71 1 ?
1975 88 44 132 10 48 4 ?
Career 195 130 325 40 184 8 ?

Professional career

In 1976, Selmon was the first player picked in the NFL draft, the first-ever pick for the expansion Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He joined older brother, Dewey, who was a second-round pick of the Bucs. In his first year, Selmon won the team's 'Rookie of the Year' and MVP awards. Selmon played in six straight Pro Bowls and was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1979. Buccaneer assistant Abe Gibron said, "Selmon has no peers" at defensive end, while former Detroit Lions coach Monte Clark compared him to "a grown man at work among a bunch of boys".[2]

A back injury forced him to leave at the end of the 1984 season; the Bucs retired his number, 63, in 1986. He was elected to the Florida Sports Hall of Fame. In January 2008, Selmon was voted by a panel of former NFL players and coaches to Pro Football Weekly 's All-Time 3-4 defensive team along with Harry Carson, Curley Culp, Randy Gradishar, Howie Long, Lawrence Taylor and Andre Tippett.[3] He was the first player to be inducted into the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Ring of Honor on November 8, 2009.

After football

Selmon stayed in Tampa, Florida, working as a bank executive and being active in many charities.

From 1993 to 2001, Selmon served as an assistant athletic director at the University of South Florida under Paul Griffin. After Griffin was forced to resign,[4] Selmon was promoted to take over the athletic department. As the USF Athletic Director, Selmon launched the football program, spearheaded the construction of a new athletic facility, and led the university's move into Conference USA, and into the Big East Conference.

Citing health issues, Selmon resigned as the USF Athletic Director in 2004. He took the role as president of the USF Foundation Partnership for Athletics, an athletics fund-raising organization.

Awards and honors


Selmon suffered a massive stroke on September 2, 2011, which left him hospitalized in extremely critical[7] condition.[8][9] His restaurant initially released a statement announcing his death; however, this was later confirmed to be false.[7] In fact, at one point his condition was said to be improving.[10]

On September 4, 2011, Selmon died at the age of 56 from complications of the stroke.[11] Visitation was scheduled for the following Thursday at the Exciting Central Tampa Baptist Church. The funeral was held the next day at Idlewild Baptist Church. Former teammates, the current Buccaneer team, the USF football team, other members of the NFL, and the general public attended. The USF football team wore a #63 decal on their helmets for the 2011 season, as did the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Both teams conducted a ceremony to honor Selmon the weekend following his death.[12]


  1. ^ Jim Thorpe Association Archived October 7, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Dielschnieder, Jim. "Lee Roy Selmon: A Man Among Boys," The Gainesville Sun. September 6, 1981
  3. ^ "Volume 22 Issue 29". Pro Football Weekly.
  4. ^ "Tampabay: USF's Griffin forced to quit". Sptimes.com. Retrieved February 2, 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Lee Roy Selmon's". Leeroyselmons.com. Archived from the original on February 5, 2015. Retrieved February 2, 2015.
  6. ^ "msn". Cityguides.msn.com. January 29, 2015. Archived from the original on March 20, 2009. Retrieved February 2, 2015.
  7. ^ a b "Former Tampa Bay Buccaneer great Lee Roy Selmon in 'extremely critical condition'". St. Petersburg Times. Archived from the original on October 16, 2012. Retrieved September 2, 2011.
  8. ^ "Lee Roy Selmon, Hall of Fame football player, suffers stroke". 10 News. September 2, 2011. Archived from the original on February 9, 2013. Retrieved September 2, 2011.
  9. ^ Noah Pransky (September 2, 2011). "Reports conflict about Selmon's health". MyFoxTampaBay.com. Retrieved September 2, 2011.
  10. ^ "Lee Roy Selmon improving". espn.go.com. Associated Press. September 3, 2011. Retrieved September 5, 2011.
  11. ^ "Lee Roy Selmon passes away". MyFoxTampaBay.com. September 4, 2011. Retrieved September 4, 2011.
  12. ^ Joey Johnston (September 5, 2011). "Funeral services for Selmon to be held Friday". The Tampa Tribune. Retrieved September 5, 2011.

External links

1974 College Football All-America Team

The 1974 College Football All-America team is composed of college football players who were selected as All-Americans by various organizations and writers that chose College Football All-America Teams in 1974. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) recognizes five selectors as "official" for the 1974 season. They are: (1) the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA); (2) the Associated Press (AP) selected based on the votes of sports writers at AP newspapers; (3) the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) selected by the nation's football writers; (4) the United Press International (UPI) selected based on the votes of sports writers at UPI newspapers; and (5) the Walter Camp Football Foundation (WC). Other selectors included Football News (FN), the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA), The Sporting News (TSN), and Time magazine.Six players were selected unanimously by all five of the official selectors. The six unanimous All-Americans included running backs Archie Griffin of Ohio State (the 1974 Heisman Trophy winner), Joe Washington of Oklahoma, and Anthony Davis of USC. On defense, the unanimous All-Americans were defensive back Dave Brown of Michigan, linebacker Rod Shoate of Oklahoma, and defensive end Randy White of Maryland.

The Ohio State and Oklahoma teams each had eight players who received first-team honors. The Ohio State honorees were Archie Griffin, tight end Doug France, tackle Kurt Schumacher, center Steve Myers, defensive end Van DeCree, defensive tackle Pete Cusick, defensive back Neal Colzie, and punter Tom Skladany. The Oklahoma honorees were Joe Washington, Rod Shoate, receiver Tinker Owens, guard John Roush, center Kyle Davis, defensive tackle Lee Roy Selmon, middle guard Dewey Selmon, and defensive back Randy Hughes.

1975 College Football All-America Team

The 1975 College Football All-America team is composed of college football players who were selected as All-Americans by various organizations and writers that chose College Football All-America Teams in 1975. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) recognizes four selectors as "official" for the 1975 season. They are: (1) the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA); (2) the Associated Press (AP) selected based on the votes of sports writers at AP newspapers; (3) the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) selected by the nation's football writers; and (4) the United Press International (UPI) selected based on the votes of sports writers at UPI newspapers. Other selectors included Football News (FN), the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA), The Sporting News (TSN), Time magazine, and the Walter Camp Football Foundation (WC).

Two players were unanimously selected by all four official selectors and all five unofficial selectors. They were defensive linemen Steve Niehaus of Notre Dame and Lee Roy Selmon of Oklahoma.

The 1975 Oklahoma Sooners football team had eight players who received first-team honors. The Oklahoma honorees were Lee Roy Selmon, receiver Tinker Owens, offensive tackle Mike Vaughan, offensive guard Terry Webb, defensive end Jimbo Elrod, defensive tackle James White, middle guard Dewey Selmon, and return specialist Joe Washington. Ohio State followed with five first-team honorees: offensive guard Ted Smith, quarterback Cornelius Greene, running back and Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin, defensive back Tim Fox, and punter Tom Skladany.

1982 All-Pro Team

The 1982 All-Pro Team is composed of the National Football League (NFL) players that were named to the Associated Press, Newspaper Enterprise Association, Pro Football Writers Association, and Pro Football Weekly in 1982. Both first- and second- teams are listed for the AP and NEA teams. These are the four teams that are included in Total Football II: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League. The Sporting News did not choose a 1982 All-Pro team due to the players' strike.

1982 Pro Bowl

The 1982 Pro Bowl was the NFL's 32nd annual all-star game which featured the outstanding performers from the 1981 season. The game was played on Sunday, January 31, 1982, at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii in front of a crowd of 49,521. The final score was AFC 16, NFC 13.Don Shula of the Miami Dolphins led the AFC team against an NFC team coached by Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach John McKay. The referee was Red Cashion.The NFC gained a 13-13 tie with 2:43 to go when Tony Dorsett ran four yards for a touchdown. In the drive to the game-winning field goal, Dan Fouts completed 3 passes, including a 23-yarder to Kellen Winslow that put the ball on the NFC's 5-yard line to set up a 23-yard game winning field goal by Nick Lowery to earn AFC a victory.

Kellen Winslow of the San Diego Chargers and Lee Roy Selmon of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were named the game's Most Valuable Players. The referee was Red Cashion.Players on the winning AFC team received $5,000 apiece while the NFC participants each took home $2,500. The total number of tickets sold for the game was 50,402 which set a new ticket sales record for Aloha Stadium.

1995 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season

The 1995 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season was the franchise's 20th season in the National Football League.

The season began with the team trying to improve on a 6–10 season in 1994, a season in which the team won 4 straight games at the end of the year, and four of their final five. It was Sam Wyche’s final season as the team's head coach.

This was the final year the Buccaneers team wore screen printed name and numbers on the jerseys

Prior to the season Malcolm Glazer took over ownership of the team, then the Bucs drafted defensive lineman Warren Sapp and linebacker Derrick Brooks, both of whom are recognized as two of the team's greatest ever players. The Buccaneers' first-ever draft pick, Lee Roy Selmon, was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Clearwater Memorial Causeway

The Clearwater Memorial Causeway is a four-lane road between downtown Clearwater and Clearwater Beach, Florida, and includes a fixed-span bridge across the Intracoastal Waterway. It carries the State Road 60 designation and is known for its greenways and pedestrian walkways (and was designated as Great Florida Birding Trail several years ago) and elegant bridge appearance and structure. The road is also a major evacuation route during hurricane season. However, the Memorial Causeway Bridge is negatively known in the Tampa Bay Area for its shoddy construction process and contractor mishaps (similar to its Tampa counterpart on the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway). As a result of the work, the bridge opened to traffic over a year behind schedule.

Florida State Road 569

State Road 569 (SR 569) is a short state road located entirely in Tampa, Florida. Also known as 39th Street south of 11th Avenue and 40th Street north of it, it is approximately 1½ miles long.

The I-4/Crosstown Connector parallels this state route for most of its length.

With 6 lanes, the northern terminus is with an intersection of US 41/SR 599. Formerly, SR 569 had an interchange with Interstate 4 (Exit 2), but later closed in 2005 due to I-4's widening project and the future I-4/Crosstown Connector.South of I-4, the highway loses a lane in each direction and makes an S bend. It next intersects CR 574, an access road to Ybor City. It then reaches its southern terminus, State Road 60.

SR 569's previous southern terminus was with Exit 10 of the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway (SR 618), which was immediately on the south side of SR 60, but closed May 13, 2010 due to construction of the I-4/Crosstown Connector.

Florida State Road 585

State Road 585 (SR 585) was a 2.782 mile long, north–south highway in Tampa, Florida. Connecting U.S. Route 92 and Interstate 4 to the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway. The completion of the Interstate 4 – Selmon Expressway Connector provided a new corridor for traffic traveling between the two freeways, resulting in the Florida Department of Transportation relinquishing SR 585 to the city of Tampa, Florida in 2017.

Florida State Road 616

State Road 616 (SR 616) is an east–west road consisting of two wide streets near Tampa International Airport; West Spruce Street, and Boy Scout Boulevard. It runs from the interchange with Veterans Expressway (State Road 60) and George J. Bean Parkway to Dale Mabry Highway (U.S. Route 92). In September 2001 the International Plaza shopping mall opened on the corner of SR 616 and West Shore Blvd.

State Road 616 was originally a free section of State Road 589 when SR 60/589 overlapped between Exits 1 and 2A. SR 589 was planned to be extended to a connecting road between I-275 & the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway, which would've lead to a change in the designation for West Spruce Street and Boy Scout Boulevard. The connection between the Veterans and Crosstown Expressways was cancelled, but the free section of SR 589 was converted anyway.

Lee Roy Selmon's

Lee Roy Selmon's is an American casual dining restaurant chain located and founded in Florida by former NFL player Lee Roy Selmon. The concept was owned by OSI Restaurant Partners, LLC until 2008 when it was sold to Mvp Holdings Tampa, Inc. owned by Outback Steakhouse founders Robert D. "Bob" Basham and Chris T. Sullivan. Lee Roy Selmon continued to work with the company through its transfer of ownership until his death in 2011. There are three locations, all of which are located in west-central Florida. It was announced on May 23, 2018 that the original location will be closing after 17 years. Lee Roy Selmon's serves Southern-style food and comfort food such as fried green tomatoes and pecan pie.

Lee Roy Selmon Expressway

The Lee Roy Selmon Expressway, originally known as the Southern Crosstown Expressway is a 14.168-mile (22.801 km) all-electronic, limited access toll road in Hillsborough County, Florida, It connects the South Tampa neighborhood near MacDill Air Force Base with Downtown Tampa and the bedroom community of Brandon. The expressway was built in stages, opening between 1976 and 1987.

The expressway was supposed to be part of a multi-expressway system that failed in the 1970s due to heavy local opposition and financial burdens. The original designation for the expressway was State Road 449, but was switched to State Road 618, which remained a hidden designation until the early 2000s, when it began appearing on maps and in atlases.

The expressway features an elevated bridge, the world's first reversible, all-electronic, elevated express lane project, opened in 2006, with the hidden designation of State Road 618A. The entire expressway ended cash collection on September 17, 2010, going all-electronic for both the express lanes and the main expressway.

The expressway was renamed Lee Roy Selmon Crosstown Expressway in 1999, in honor of former Tampa Bay Buccaneers hall-of-fame football player Lee Roy Selmon. The "Crosstown" portion of the name was dropped in 2008, although it is still referred to as the "Crosstown" by the majority of the population. Most traffic reports and locals refer to it as the Crosstown.

List of Tampa Bay Buccaneers first-round draft picks

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers joined the National Football League (NFL) in 1976 with the Seattle Seahawks.

Every April, each NFL franchise adds new players to its roster through a collegiate draft at the "NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting", more commonly known as the NFL Draft. Teams are ranked in reverse order based on the previous season's record, with the team with the worst record having the first selection. The two exceptions to this order are made for teams that appeared in the previous season's Super Bowl; the Super Bowl champion is the last team to select and the Super Bowl runner up selects right before them. This order is subject to teams trading away selections to other teams for different selections, players, cash or a combination thereof. Thus, it is common for a team's actual draft pick to differ from their assigned draft pick, or for a team to have multiple or no draft picks the first round due to trades.The Buccaneers have had the first overall pick on six occasions. Twice in 1978 and 1984, they traded it away. Three eventual Hall of Famers were selected by the Buccaneers. The Buccaneers' first selection as an NFL team was Lee Roy Selmon, a defensive lineman from Oklahoma. The team's most-recent first-round selections were Vernon Hargreaves, a cornerback from Florida in 2016 and O. J. Howard, a tight end from Alabama in 2017.

List of toll roads in Florida

The following is a list of Toll Roads in Florida. Florida has 734 miles (1,181 km) of toll roads, bridges and causeways as of June 2013, more than any other state. The longest of these is Florida's Turnpike, running 313 miles (504 km), opened in 1957. The majority of the toll roads have state road designations with a special toll shield, including the Turnpike and Homestead Extension.

Florida's Turnpike Enterprise, a part of the Florida Department of Transportation, owns and operates Florida's Turnpike and the Homestead Extension, the Sawgrass Expressway (SR 869) in Broward County, Polk Parkway (SR 570), in Polk County, Suncoast Parkway (SR 589), Veterans Expressway (SR 568/SR 589) in the Tampa Bay Area, the northern end of Seminole Expressway (SR 417), the southern six miles (10 km) of Southern Connector Extension (SR 417), the southern 11 miles (18 km) of Daniel Webster Western Beltway (SR 429) and the western eight miles (13 km) of Beachline West Expressway (SR 528) in the Orlando Area.The Turnpike collects tolls in the portion of I-75 known as Alligator Alley, the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, the Pinellas Bayway System and the Beachline East (State Road 528) — all FDOT-owned roads and bridges. It also provides toll collection services for the Garcon Point and Mid-Bay Bridges in Florida's Panhandle as well as the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway in Tampa. These roads, as well as the roads on the Central Florida Expressway Authority system (Apopka Expressway, Beachline Expressway east of exit 8, Central Florida GreeneWay, East-West Expressway, and the Western Beltway) are compatible with SunPass and benefit from an average of 25% discount.

Olin Mott

Olin Mott (March 5, 1921 – July 2, 2013) was the founder of Olin Mott Tire Stores and a philantrhopist in Tampa, Florida.Mott was born March 5, 1921, in Coffee, Georgia and was one of eight children. He joined the Army and was stationed at Fort Kamehameha in Hawaii. He was injured in the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.After the war he moved to Tampa. He worked for a tire business that did retreading before starting his own tire business, Olin Mott Tire store, in 1955 at 3741 East Hillsborough Avenue. He eventually expanded the business to six locations. His office was decorated of photos of Mott with notable friends including George Steinbrenner, Lee Roy Selmon, and Billy Martin as well as every Republican president of the United States since Richard Nixon.He served on the Florida State Fair board from 1998 to 2012, developed the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center at the Fairgrounds with Bob Thomas, and helped bring a football program to University of South Florida. He also started the Tutor-a-Bull school tutoring program in 2007. In 2011, Lee Roy Selmon presented Mott with the Tampa Metro Civitan Club Outstanding Citizen of the Year Award.Mott married Doris Albright in 1946.

Palma Ceia

Palma Ceia is a neighborhood located southwest of downtown Tampa, Florida and is bounded by Miguel Street West of MacDill Avenue and Neptune Street East of MacDill Avenue to the north; Bay to Bay Boulevard from Dale Mabry to Himes and El Prado between Himes and the Crosstown Expressway to the south; MacDill Avenue between Neptune and San Miguel, Dale Mabry Highway between San Miguel and Bay to Bay and Himes between Bay to Bay and El Prado to the west; and the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway to the east. The street names throughout Palma Ceia are of Cuban origin, coming from streets in the old section of Havana. Historians say the most likely explanation is that Angel Cuesta, president of Cuesta, Rey Cigars, shared a map of Havana with developer Thomas Palmer while discussing the area.Palma Ceia is home to the appropriately named Palma Ceia Country Club and also located adjacent to the exclusive Golfview community. The neighborhood is within the district of Henry B. Plant High School. Aesthetically it is most known for its bricked streets, akin to those in Ybor City.

The neighborhood is home to the Palma Ceia Design District, centered on the intersection of MacDill Ave. and Bay to Bay Blvd. This district contains many specialty boutiques and cafes, including some of the highest rated in the city. It is a half-mile walk from Bayshore Boulevard. A sculpture by local artist Marc DeWaele was erected at the Macdill and Bay to Bay intersection to officially designate the district. Its ribbon cutting was March 17, 2010.

Port Redwing

Port Redwing is a Port of Tampa facility near Gibsonton, Florida. The Port bought 110 acres in the area in 2012. A rail line connection to CSX mainline track is planned as well as roadway connections to Interstate 4 and the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway.

South Florida Bulls

The South Florida Bulls are the athletic teams that represent the University of South Florida. The university competes in NCAA Division I of the NCAA, and as a member of the American Athletic Conference (The American). The university currently sponsors varsity sports: baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's golf, football, men's and women's soccer, softball, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's track, volleyball, sailing.

Tampa-Hillsborough Expressway Authority

The Tampa Hillsborough County Expressway Authority (THEA) is a regional expressway authority based in Hillsborough County, Florida, which includes the city of Tampa.

The Authority owns the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway in Tampa as well as two non-tolled feeder roads - Brandon Parkway in Brandon and Meridian Avenue in Tampa. Additionally, THEA owns and operates the Selmon Greenway, a multipurpose recreational pathway running beneath and alongside the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway.

THEA was established by statute in 1963 but did not being operations until 1973. THEA was established as a way to bring roadway infrastructure projects online sooner than with conventional department of transportation funding.

THEA originally planned the neighboring Veteran's Expressway.

The state legislature has attempted to shut down THEA on numerous occasions during its history and transfer ownership to the Florida's Turnpike Enterprise. The most recent attempt occurred in March, 2011 when the legislature attempted to pass a bill that would eliminate THEA, the Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority, and Mid-Bay Bridge Authority ostensibly to save the state money. The plan was later abandoned when the state's budget was written [1].

Westfield Brandon

Westfield Brandon, formerly known as Brandon Town Center and Westfield Shoppingtown Brandon, is a shopping mall located eight miles (13 km) east of Tampa, Florida, in the suburban community of Brandon. The mall is owned by Australian-based Westfield Group, and is one of five Westfield shopping centers in the state of Florida. Westfield Brandon is directly off Interstate 75, sitting on land between State Road 60 and the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway.

Lee Roy Selmon—awards, championships, and honors

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