McCoy: Greatest Sooner Selmon even bigger in Oklahoma
Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy says Lee Roy Selmon was the greatest Oklahoma Sooners football player ever and that his legacy is even bigger in his home state.
McCoy, who wore Selmon's number at Oklahoma, never met his idol until his rookie minicamp in Tampa last year.
"Somebody said, "Hey, I think that's Lee Roy Selmon.' And I was like, "Where?,'' McCoy said. "I just like ran to him, because I'm not one of those shy guys. If I see somebody I wanted to meet, I'm going to go up to you. If you don't like it, hey, get over it. He embraced me. He didn't even shake my hand. He immediately gave me a hug and that's just the type of guy he was.
"People ask me all the time, "Who is the greatest Sooner ever?' It's Lee Roy Selmon, no doubt. He was one of those players, if he didn't want to get blocked, he wouldn't get blocked.' I really think when he got blocked he just chose to be blocked. He never took a play off, but he was like, "I'm going to just run to the side this play and the next three plays, I'm going to tackle two people. That's the type of player he was.''
Selmon, 56, died Sunday of complications from a stroke. The Bucs' Hall of Fame defensive end and former Univeristy of South Florida athletic director remained in Tampa Bay after his playing days. But his popularity never waned in Oklahoma, McCoy said.
"If you think he's big here, he's like - you can't call nobody a God, but hey, he's real close,'' McCoy said. "In Oklahoma, if you sound like you're about to say, "Selmon,' they're like, "Oh, my God!' That's how it is with all the brothers. BUt with him being who he was, he's huge, he's huge back home.''
What did McCoy learn from Selmon?
"It 's not really about yourself. It's about what you do for others,'' McCoy said. "It's not necessarily what you do on the field, it's what you do off the field. How you use the talents you've been given to give back. He was clearly great for that. He played well on the field, got in the Hall of Fame, but he used that platform to do great things for people off the field.''