Lee Roy Selmon dead at 56

Two days after he suffered a stroke at his home in Tampa, Lee Roy Selmon has died.

The Hall of Fame defensive end, and the first draft pick in the history of the Buccaneers, was 56.

The team announced the sad news on its Web site. There had been conflicting reports about Selmon’s status on Friday when he fell ill.

Tampa Bay has lost another giant. This is an incredibly somber day for Buccaneer fans, Sooner fans, and all football fans,” the Glazer family said in a statement released by the organization. “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.”

Selmon was the youngest of nine children and wound up playing at the University of Oklahoma with two brothers – Dewey and Lucious. Dewey also played for the Buccaneers.

Selmon was a pillar in the Tampa community and was a chief fund raiser for the University of South Florida. Previously, he served as an athletic director for the program.

The National Football Post sends condolences to friends and family of Selmon.

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