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Reaction to the death of Lee Roy Selmon

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Published:   |   Updated: March 20, 2013 at 09:05 PM

The family of Lee Roy Selmon:

"It is with very heavy hearts that the Selmon Family announces the passing of our beloved husband, father and brother, Lee Roy Selmon.  Lee Roy passed away today surrounded by family and friends at St. Joseph's Hospital.

"For all his accomplishments on and off the field, to us Lee Roy was the rock of our family. This has been a sudden and shocking event and we are devastated by this unexpected loss. We deeply appreciate the prayers and support shown by family, friends, the football community and the public over the past two days.

For those wishing to honor Lee Roy's many contributions, we ask that donations be made to Abe Brown Ministries or the University of South Florida Foundation Partnership for Athletics."

The Glazer family:

"Tampa Bay has lost another giant. This is an incredibly somber day for Buccaneer fans, Sooner fans, and all football fans. Lee Roy's standing as the first Buc in the Hall of Fame surely distinguished him, but his stature off the field as the consummate gentleman put him in another stratosphere. Put simply, he was first class. He was the real deal. We are so blessed to have known this fine man and to have called him one of our own, yet so sad to have lost him so soon. Our hearts go out to the Selmon family at this time of their loss."

Former Bucs linebacker Derrick Brooks:

 "Not many words to say at this time. He was a great person that loved the Lord and a great example of humility. Tampa had great fortune to have Tom McEwen and Lee Roy. What a year – two of the best not here any longer.''

Former Bucs quarterback Doug Williams:

"I don't know what to say. Nobody expects something like this to happen, but you don't control it. I'm 56, just like Lee Roy. There's not a whole lot to say."

Former Bucs tight end Jimmie Giles:

"This is devastating for the NFL community, the Tampa Bay community and everyone that knew Mr. Lee Roy Selmon. Lee Roy's legacy is he's the most peaceful man you'd ever want to meet. Every time you were around him he made you feel better."

Former Bucs offensive tackle Charley Hannah:

"Tampa has lost a great asset and so has the world in general. He brought honor to his family and everyone he came in contact with. Everyone you talk to would say Lee Roy was the greatest guy they ever knew. And they were all correct.''

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn:

"In Lee Roy Selmon beat the competitive heart of a lion, but off the field the gentleness of a lamb.  On the field, he embodied everything that is right about athletics and off the field, carried himself with a dignity and a grace that reflected his faith and his family. He was my friend and I will miss him, but Tampa will miss him more. Every young person who aspires to emulate an athlete should look to the life of Lee Roy Selmon as an example of how to do it right."

USF athletic director Doug Woolard:

"He may certainly be one of the finest persons (with) the most integrity of any individual I've ever been around. I feel very fortunate to (have called) him a friend.''

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