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Bucs coach Morris on Lee Roy Selmon: "We can all pray for him.''



Hall of Fame defensive end Lee Roy Selmon always has been a fixture at One Buc Place, particularly during training camp and the preseason.

Selmon, 56, suffered an apparent stroke at his home in Tampa Friday and is in extremely critical condition at St. Joseph's Hospital.

Bucs coach Raheem Morris said he's praying Selmon will make a full recovery and pay another visit to the Bucs soon.

"What he has meant to us has been unbelievable,'' Morris said following a special teams practice Saturday. "Three-and-13, 10-6, starting a new season -- it didn't matter. Lee Roy Selmon was a constant here at Buccaneer camp. Hopefully, he'll be back here shortly, soon and we'll get him back a part of this because what he means for our communuity, and not only our community, but NFL history, period, is phenominal.

"It's obvious, being the first person in the Ring of Honor. With all the rumors going around yesterday, what happened? How it happened? Everybody was just broken up. Heard he was in Oklahoma. Heard he was in Tampa. Nobody knew where he was and everybody was just worried and concerned. Thankfully, it was for the best. Thankfully, we can all pray for him and have him in our prayers and hope that everything works out.''

Morris said the quiet Selmon has always been an example for how Bucs players should give back to the community.

"He's not a big sounding board guy,'' Morris said. "He's kind of a lead by example guy. I've kind of learned that being around him. He moves in silence. He always has. He's very appreciative. He's one of the guys you want to bring your young players around and meet and see to learn how to act and how to be a professional. He's always shown that way and that's been something, too, I've leaned on very heavily. Bringing (Gerald) McCoy in here last year, it was great to have an Oklahoma Sooner meet and Oklahoma Sooner and show him how you l grow as a professional in this community and how you act in this community and how you can lead that through your community behavior. It's been good. It's been great.''

[Last modified: Saturday, September 3, 2011 12:58pm]


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