For George Selvie there is no place like home, until you are a visitor.
We have all experienced this at some point in our life. Whether it is your first trip back to your high school or college after graduation or the first time you return to a former place of employment as a customer. The walls and infrastructure may be the same, but the place still feels different. We are attached to the memories we made, rather than the concrete, brick or paint that makes up the structure.
George Selvie is about to experience this on the gridiron.
Selvie made plenty of memories in Raymond James Stadium as a star Defensive End for the South Florida Bulls. The Bulls had an 18-6 record at Raymond James from 2006-2009.
Selvie finished his South Florida career as one of the most decorated players in Big East history and the only two-time All-American in South Florida history. He was a trailblazer for the 13 year program. He was a semi-finalist for every major national defensive award and his 69.5 career tackles for a loss left him just 5.5 shy of tying the NCAA career record. His 50 career starts and 9 forced fumbles are both South Florida records. He was also second in school history, with 51 games played.
On Sunday, he will play in his first professional football game at Raymond James Stadium, as a rookie for the St. Louis Rams against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It will be interesting to see fans' reactions if Selvie is able to wrap-up a Buccaneers' player in the backfield or sack Josh Freeman.
Selvie has been a productive player for the St. Louis Rams to begin his rookie season. He was selected by the Rams in the seventh round of the 2010 NFL Draft. So far he has tallied 9 tackles and 1.5 sacks. He has played in all six games so far this season. He is listed as the second-string defensive end, backing up the 2008 second overall draft pick Chris Long. Long is the son of Oakland Raiders Hall of Famer Howie Long.
Also returning home with Selvie, is current Rams teammate and former South Florida teammate Jerome Murphy. Murphy was a two-year starter for the Bulls and is currently listed as a third-string cornerback on the Rams depth chart. Murphy has played in five of the Rams six games this year, compiling eight tackles and an interception.
Selvie and Murphy were among a record seven South Florida players selected in the 2010 NFL Draft.