Leroy Selmon Stroke
September 5, 2011 by staff
Leroy Selmon Stroke, Lee Roy Selmon, the Hall of Fame defensive end who joined his brothers in Oklahoma to create a dominant defensive front that helped the Sooners to national championships, died Sunday in Tampa, Florida – two days after being hospitalized by a stroke. He was 56.
In a statement issued on behalf Claybra wife said he died in a Tampa hospital surrounded by family members.
“Despite his accomplishments on and off the field, we Lee Roy were the rock of our family. This has been a sudden and shocking event, and we are devastated by this unexpected loss,” the statement said.
Selmon was hospitalized Friday and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers confirmed later that he had a stroke.
In nine seasons with the Buccaneers, Selmon was 781 / 2 sacks and won six consecutive elections to the Pro Bowl. He retired after the 1984 season.
Selmon and his brother, Dewey, were chosen as All-American in 1975, when the Sooners won their second consecutive championship in Barry Switzer.
Selmon continued his career as a Hall of Fame college with an equally impressive career in the NFL. He was No. 1 in the 1976 draft by Tampa Bay, and then won the Defensive Player of the Year in 1979 when he helped the Bucs reached the NFC championship game.
Selmon was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1995.
The Bears added to their school, agreeing to a one-year contract with two-time Pro Bowl, Brandon Meriweather, who was released by New England on Saturday. … The Jets waived linebacker Aaron Maybin, first-round pick of Buffalo in 2009, along with former Eastern Washington and Isaiah Trufant Wilson High outstanding. … The Ravens reached an agreement for one year with former Dallas Cowboys Pro Bowl center Andre Gurode. … A man who apparently drowned in the pool after a party at the home of Richmond, Texas, the Houston Texans, defensive end Antonio Smith was a friend of Smith and is not affiliated with the team.
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