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Remembering Lee Roy Selmon

The Seattle Seahawks and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers both entered the NFL in 1976.  Like Seattle, the Bucs struggled early.  Most teams new to the NFL would have taken a QB  in their first draft.  The Buccaneers however drafted defensive end Lee Roy Selmon from the University of Oklahoma. In Selmon the Bucs found an anchor for their defense.  In all, he played nine seasons in the NFL in which time he racked up 78.5 sacks, forced 28.5 fumbles and had 10 fumble recoveries. Selmon was a three-time first-team All-NFL pick, named to five All-NFC teams, and voted to six straight Pro Bowls.  He was a special player on a pretty poor team (though they did get much better) and nearly impossible to block.  But beyond being a great defensive end in the NFL he was known as a genuine and gracious human being. Humble, kind, but fiercely competative, he left his mark both on the field, and finally in Canton Ohio, where in 1995 he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Sadly, Lee Roy Selmon passed away Sunday after being hospitalized as the result of suffering a stroke.  He was 56 years old.  Our thoughts are with his family, friends, and teammates during this difficult time.

Please take a moment to check out the video below.


The Matchups Zone team

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