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Q&A | Lee Roy Selmon Crosstown Expressway

A humble rumble through downtown Tampa

Lee Roy Selmon, center, unveils the logo for the expressway named after him with authority board members, from left, Donald Phillips, James Hargrett and Joseph Diacco. The road’s full name is Lee Roy Selmon Crosstown Expressway.

BRIAN CASSELLA | Times

Lee Roy Selmon, center, unveils the logo for the expressway named after him with authority board members, from left, Donald Phillips, James Hargrett and Joseph Diacco. The road’s full name is Lee Roy Selmon Crosstown Expressway.

Lee Roy Selmon is a former defensive lineman for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and a successful banker and restaurateur. Locally, he's a living legend.

On Monday, Selmon unveiled the new signs that will direct drivers to the road that bears his name, the Lee Roy Selmon Crosstown Expressway.

Why the new signs?

The old signs, including the ones with the cartoon pirate logo, aren't visible enough. "None of them really stand out well. The lettering is too hard to read," said Joe Waggoner, executive director of the Tampa-Hillsborough Expressway Authority.

Why is the road named after Selmon in the first place?

A couple of morning radio hosts suggested it in 1995 when Selmon was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Local leaders jumped on the idea.

What's it like to have a road named after you?

"It's humbling. I'm glad I'm still alive to see it," Selmon said. "The big thing is, you have to make sure you don't get a ticket on it."

Mike Brassfield, Times staff writer

A humble rumble through downtown Tampa 07/28/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 30, 2008 2:22pm]
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