The Tampa Bay Buccaneers teams of the days of Lee Roy Selmon were not very successful. Selmon was the lone bright spot of the early days of the organization. He was the first draft pick in Buccaneers history.
Lee Roy Selmon was the face of the Buccaneers from 1976 until 1984. While the teams he played on didn’t win much, Selmon shined. During the first 26 games of his career, he went without a win. The Bucs struggled to get off the ground until that fateful day against the Saints. The Saints fired head coach Hank Stram after the loss to the struggling Buccaneers. Selmon was only a part of three teams with winning records in 1979, 1981 and 1982. Officially, Selmon finished his career with only 23 sacks in 38 games, the last 38 of his career. The reason his final statistics only say 23 sacks is because the NFL didn’t start recording sacks until 1982. Selmon is the first Buccaneer to be inducted into the hall of fame. He was also the first player to be inducted into the Tampa Bay Buccaneers ring of honor. He was a six time pro-bowler and a one time all pro.
It’s not that easy…
Drafting a player of his impact at one overall is not a given. Just a few years later, the Bucs took Bo Jackson who never played a snap in a Tampa Bay Buccaneers uniform. Lee Roy Selmon left not only a huge impact on the team, but in Tampa as well with his restaurant chain which recently closed.Lee Roy Selmon passed in 2011 at the age of 56.
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