Tampa Bay Buccaneers Take Selmon for Their Ring of Honor

Tom EdringtonSenior Writer IJuly 23, 2009

TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 25: Fans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers fly team flags outside the stadium before play against the Washington Redskins at the Raymond James Stadium on November 25, 2007 in Tampa, Florida. The Bucs won 19-13.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***

He was the very first Buccaneer.

He was the first man taken in the 1976 NFL draft.

He is the first and only Tampa Bay Buccaneer to date in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

He is Lee Roy Selmon, 1995 HOF inductee.

His team will honor him and make him the first player to be inducted into the Buccaneers' Ring of Honor on November 8, 2009.

The news come from the Pewter Report via Jim Flynn and Scott Reynolds.

The news should come as no surprise.

There is no more famous Buccaneer, no more popular Buccaneer. He was a six-time pro-bowl player. He played from 1976 to 1984, his career shortened by a back injury.

He has his own chain of restaurants with partners Chris Sullivan and Bob Basham, founders of Outback Steakhouse.

He has his own freeway named for him in Tampa, the Lee Roy Selmon expressway.

He is the former athletic director at the University of South Florida and the man who brought football to the previously unheralded campus.

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His is beloved and a humble man. At times he almost seems embarrassed by his celebrity. People flock to him when they see him. They want their pictures taken with him, they want to shake his hand.

Selmon, always the gentleman, gladly obliges and greets people like family.

He comes from a different time and age in sports and his rural Oklahoma farm roots have never been forgotten by this accomplished athlete.

It is appropriate that he is the first to be recognized.

It is fitting.

It is simply a very, very good choice by the Tampa Bay Buccaneer franchise.

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