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What they're saying about Lee Roy Selmon



His integrity, morality and character made him so special. As great a football player as he was, he was even better as a human being. Sports would be a heck of a lot better if there were more people like Lee Roy Selmon. I never heard anyone say one bad thing about him. How many people can you say that about?

Dick Vitale, ESPN college basketball analyst

It's a blow to the Tampa Bay community because of his influence. Total class. He was the Jean Beliveau of football.

Phil Esposito, Tampa Bay Lightning founder

You look at how athletes cope beyond football and you couldn't have a more perfect example of how to do it than Lee Roy. He was the head of a bank. He brought football to the University of South Florida. He is what you would want your post-football career to be like.

I knew of him my entire life, but really got to know him after I was drafted by the Bucs. He was a solid, solid person. He was a violent player on the field, but off the field, he was just the opposite. He was compassionate, patient. He never got upset with people. He was so accommodating.

He was a mentor to me. When I was done playing football, I talked with him a lot. When you think about what you want your life to be like after you stop playing football, Lee Roy Selmon is what you want it to be like.

Shaun King, former Bucs quarterback

Lee Roy Selmon passed away. Coached him at Oklahoma. Great player, a better person. Our prayers are with his family.

Jimmy Johnson, Fox Sports NFL analyst and two-time Super Bowl-winning coach with the Cowboys

So sad to hear the news of Lee Roy Selmon's passing. He was one of my first interviews back in Tampa and represented our town so well. Rest in peace.

Erin Andrews, ESPN reporter (via Twitter)

Our sympathies go out to his family and the thousands of people he touched across Tampa Bay in his gentle, selfless way. He embodied everything that is positive about the relationship an athlete can have with his community, and he leaves the highest of standards for fellow athletes to follow.

Tampa Bay Rays

I hope the Bucs dedicate the season to Lee Roy. If only we all were more like Lee Roy. I have a long way to go but am going to try.

Geno Hayes, Bucs linebacker (via twitter)

I met him when I got drafted, and we had a connection. I said that's how I want to be when I get older. It's hard to sum up everything that Mr. Selmon was. He was a role model on and off the field.

Davin Joseph, Bucs offensive lineman

My thoughts and prayers go out to Lee Roy Selmon's family and friends. A terrible, terrible loss for our community.

Joe Maddon, Rays manager (via Twitter)

A humble, exceedingly gracious man, Selmon never was one of those people who would go around seeking attention or adoration. He simply earned it by his play on the field and the way he carried himself off it — during and long after his career ended in 1984.

Pat Yasinskas, writer

It's amazing how available he was for someone of his stature. If you wanted him to speak to your team or at a banquet or to a particular kid, he always made himself available. His message was always more about having class and lessons off the field.

Bob Henriquez, Tampa Catholic High football coach

Lining up next to him and his brothers, it was amazing just to watch them play. But as amazing as Lee Roy was as a player, he was an even more amazing person.

Jimbo Elrod, former Oklahoma teammate

He was as dominant as any player I've ever seen. No one could cut (block) him. Nobody could knock him down. He had great feet, great balance. And what a great person. Forget football. What a great family.

Randy Hughes, former Dallas Cowboys safety

The first time I hit Lee Roy I saw stars. It was the hardest I had ever been hit. I felt sorry for the opposing offensive linemen. He was so strong and so quick, you couldn't block him. He could dunk a basketball. That's how athletic he was.

John Roush, former guard and Oklahoma teammate

Prayers go out to the Selmon family. Any defensive lineman in Tampa Bay knows the history and legacy he left behind.

Frank Okam, Bucs defensive lineman (via twitter)

I guarantee you, he is (the best player in OU history) on the defensive side. He was such a superior athlete, such a superior player, he has to be in the discussion. I don't think I've ever heard any player from Oklahoma take exception to Lee Roy being the best ever.

Steve Davis, former QB and Oklahoma teammate

What they're saying about Lee Roy Selmon 09/04/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 6, 2011 2:21pm]
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