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Coach Raheem Morris says lessons of Tampa Bay Buccaneers legend Lee Roy Selmon's life evident at funeral

TAMPA — Most who follow the Bucs knew of Lee Roy Selmon's exploits on the field, but there are many who didn't know Selmon the man.

Coach Raheem Morris said some of Selmon's characteristics were made much clearer to him and his players when they attended the Hall of Famer's funeral Friday in Lutz. Morris was born the same year Selmon was drafted No. 1 by the Bucs, 1976.

Dewey Selmon's eulogy of his brother younger helped enlighten the 20-somethings that dot the Bucs' young roster, and it did the same for their coach.

"It was a great experience for me to learn who he was personally," Morris said. "We know his accomplishments on the football field, and we know his accomplishments as the USF athletics director in helping to start that program. We know all the things he's done throughout the community … but to get the in-depth story from the people closest to him, that speech by Dewey Selmon was unbelievable. He got everybody's attention."

TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS: Morris has consistently preached to his team that it should handle business and not leave things in the hands of officials or anyone else, as was the case when the Bucs played the Lions last year.

TE Kellen Winslow had a touchdown negated because of a pass interference call that NFL officials later said was incorrect. The Bucs went on to lose in overtime and missed the playoffs by one victory. "You don't want to ever leave it in the officials' hands or anybody else's hands," Morris said. "We're not going to … cry about anything. Our job is to go out and play the game and play it to the best of our ability."

INJURY REPORT: CB Myron Lewis (ankle) will not play Sunday against Detroit, Morris said. G Ted Larsen (ankle) is probable and LB Dekoda Watson (hamstring) is questionable.

Coach Raheem Morris says lessons of Tampa Bay Buccaneers legend Lee Roy Selmon's life evident at funeral 09/09/11 [Last modified: Friday, September 9, 2011 11:01pm]
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