I learned last night the the Tampa Bay area lost it's favorite resident, Lee Roy Selmon. He was 56 years old. We've had plenty of fine people who have called Tampa home, but there was no one who represented the bay area better than Lee Roy Selmon.
The Bucs used the teams very first pick to take Mr. Selmon as #1 overall selection of the 1976 NFL Draft. He played nine seasons for the Bucs, before retiring in 1985. As awful as the early Buccaneer teams were, one player always stood out, Lee Roy Selmon. Among his many awards and achievements, he was a 6x Pro Bowler, a 5x All-Pro and the 1979 Defensive Player of the Year.
In 1993, he began working at the University of South Florida and laid the groundwork for a successful football program. As a former USF Student, I will always remember the times I would see him on campus. I was able to get an autograph for him once, which I gave as a gift to someone who helped me out quite a bit in college. He worked very hard to get the Bulls to were they are today.
Mr. Selmon is so beloved in Tampa Bay that one of the areas main thoroughfares was is named the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway. He may no longer be with us physically, but his legacy as Tampa Bay's Finest Citizen will live on for a long, long time. Rest in Peace, our friend.