Hall of Fame Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Lee Roy Selmon is in critical condition after suffering a stroke on Friday. According to his brother, Selmon is fighting for his life, and his partners in Lee Roy Selmon’s Restaurants issued a statement regarding his “passing,” which was incorrect.
“It is with the deepest and most profound sorrow that we learned of our dear friend Lee Roy Selmon’s passing this afternoon,” Selmon’s restaurant partners Bob Basham, Chris Sullivan, Greg Lynn and Nancy Schneid, said. “Lee Roy Selmon was a man of honor, integrity, strength and family values. He was our dear friend and business partner for many years. The loss for the Selmon family and the entire community, including friends, former teammates, University of South Florida, and the many loyal employees and customers at Lee Roy Selmon’s restaurants is equally devastating.”
The PR staffer came back later, issuing a statement saying “it appears that original statement about Lee Roy Selmon’s passing was prematurely released.”
The 56-year-old Selmon was the first overall pick of the 1976 NFL Draft and first ever draft pick of the Buccaneers, where he spent his entire nine-year career. Selmon was a six-time Pro Bowler, five-time All-Pro, and earned 1979 NFL Defensive Player of the Year honors during his career.
Selmon was enshrined as part of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 1995 and his No. 63 was retired by the Buccaneers.