​September 4, 2011: Lee Roy Selmon Died

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Selmon died at 56 from complications of a massive stroke he suffered from 2 days earlier. The viewing of the body 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.

Lee Roy Selmon was a Hall of Fame NFL football defensive lineman.

LEGACY: ?The Lee Roy Selmon Expressway is named for him, as is a chain of restaurants. The chain, Lee Roy Selmon’s, was named one of the 10 best sports bars in America in 2009. Its motto is “Play Hard. Eat Well. And Don’t Forget to Share.”

?Selmon was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1988 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1995.

?He was the 1st Hall of Famer to have earned his credentials primarily in Tampa Bay, to be joined by Warren Sapp in 2013.

?In 2010, he was ranked #98 on the top 100 greatest players of all time, as surveyed by NFL network.

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