Oklahoma legend and Pro Football Hall of Fame member Lee Roy Selmon reportedly suffered a serious stroke in Tampa on Friday. While the exact details of Selmon's condition are unclear, family members are reportedly flying in from around the country to be with him in the hospital.
The University of South Florida, where Selmon worked as an Athletics Director, released a statement confirming his admission to the hospital on Friday, giving few details on his conditions or what prompted the hospitalization.
"We recently learned that Lee Roy Selmon was admitted to a hospital. Our thoughts and prayers are with Lee Roy and his family. We are honoring the family's request for privacy at this time."
Selmon was an All-American at Oklahoma before being drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, as the expansion team's first-ever pick, in the 1976 NFL Draft. There, he won the team's Rookie of the Year award, making six trips to the Pro Bowl and earning an NFL Defensive Player of the Year award during a successful career with the Bucs.
In 1995, Selmon was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The Buccaneers honored Selmon in 2009, making him the first member of their Ring of Honor. Following his playing days, Selmon became an influential part of the South Florida community, both as a businessman and with his contributions to the USF athletic department.
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